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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

US home prices fell 18.7% on year in March, says S&P

NEW YORK: Prices of US single-family homes in March fell 18.7% from a year earlier, while prices in the first quarter dropped at a record pace, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices released on Tuesday.

On a month-over-month basis, the index of 20 metropolitan areas fell 2.2% in March from February, S&P said in a statement.

Price drops on both a month-over-month and year-over-year basis were worse than expectations based on a Reuters survey of economists.

The composite index of 10 metropolitan areas declined 2.1% in March from February for a 18.6% year-over-year drop.

"Declines in residential real estate continued at a steady pace into March," David M Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at Standard & Poor's, said in a statement.

However, he noted it was the second month since October 2007 in which the 10- and 20-City Composites did not drop at a record annual pace.

By Reuters

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