The chart below from Case-Shiller’s release today of its July data says it all. Prices now are shifting a lot on a monthly basis. The range between appreciating and depreciating markets seems to be growing and no longer do the “sand” states, judicial foreclosure states or foreclosure states or cities with the best economies and most jobs.
Rather, with the possible exceptions of Cleveland and Boston, appreciating markets are to be found west of the Mississippi and depreciating ones to the east, as if America were a great raft at sea with too much weight on one end.
These are seasonally adjusted month-over-month increases and they are particularly important because both seasonally adjusted existing sales and pending sales dropped unexpectedly in August, according to NAR. Like Case-Shiller, NAR found annualized prices in the West (7.1%) much higher than the East (2.4%)