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“No signs of a turnaround,” says Robert J. “Irrational Exuberance” Shiller in announcing the May results for his national home price survey. The S&P/Case-Shiller 10-City Index showed an annual decline 3.4%, the worst since the summer of 1991. The results mark the 18th consecutive month of declines in home price appreciation. Chicago became the 15th of the nation’s twenty largest cities to show a decline, falling .6% in the past year. Detroit was the worst, with prices sliding 11%. The brightest spot: Seattle, where homes were up 9.1% year-over-year.
BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.