Source: Standard & Poor's and Fiserv
Data through February 2009
However, Barry Ritzholz of Fusion IQ sees the situation differently. He told Fast Money although it's true that "on average housing prices on a national basis are down to almost 2002 levels,” that's not the whole story.
The housing market is all about affordability. And because it’s much harder to get a mortgage and banks want more money down, “the pool of possible buyers is much smaller than it was in 2002." As a result he thinks prices have further to slide.
If this isn't the bottom, then where are we?
“Right now we’re probably in the 7th inning," says Ritzholz. "We need prices to normalize, so that more people can afford homes,” he says. Until that happens, housing probably won't go higher.
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