Some real estate researchers are forecasting that home prices will fall again in 2010.
· Fiserv Lending Solutions, a financial analytics firm, predicts that prices will decline an average of 11.3 percent in 342 of the 381 markets it covers.
· Moody's Economy.com foresees another 8 percent drop, with Arizona, California, Florida, and Nevada feeling even more pain.
· Shari Olefson, author of Foreclosure Nation: Mortgaging the American Dream, predicts a national average decline in prices of about 10 percent in 2010.
· Peter Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital and the most bearish of the bears, says real estate prices could possibly fall another 30 percent before they hit bottom.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun sees it all differently. He predicts home prices will rise more than 3 percent in 2010.
The headwind we face is rising mortgage interest rates, Yun says, but the compensating factors will be the home buyers tax credit in the first half of the year and increased job creation in the second half.
Source: CNNMoney.com, Les Christie (01/01/2010)