U.S. home prices fell 3.9 percent during the last three months of 2010, back to where they were at the beginning of 2003 and near the low for the downturn set in 2009, according to the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index.

Looking back a year, the index showed prices down 4.1 percent, with 18 of 20 markets tracked in the 20-city composite index losing ground and 11 reaching new lows for the downturn.

Markets that have "double dipped" to new lows since peaking in 2006 and 2007 are Atlanta; Charlotte; Chicago; Detroit; Las Vegas; Miami; New York; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Seattle

U.S. home prices fell 3.9 percent during the last three months of 2010, back to where they were at the beginning of 2003 and near the low for the downturn set in 2009, according to the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index.

Looking back a year, the index showed prices down 4.1 percent, with 18 of 20 markets tracked in the 20-city composite index losing ground and 11 reaching new lows for the downturn.

Markets that have "double dipped" to new lows since peaking in 2006 and 2007 are Atlanta; Charlotte; Chicago; Detroit; Las Vegas; Miami; New York; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Seattle and Tampa.

"We ended 2010 with a weak report," said David M. Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at Standard & Poor’s. Despite improvements in the overall economy, he said, "housing continues to drift lower and weaker."

Unlike the first dip in home prices from 2006 to 2009, when all cities saw prices move together, market activity is now more varied, Blitzer said.

California is doing better, he said, with gains from low points in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite

Market

Index level

Change from November to December

Change from October to November

Change from year ago

Atlanta

99.92

-0.9%

-2.4%

-8.0%

Boston

152.54

-0.1%

-1.0%

-0.8%

Charlotte

112.59

-0.7%

-0.7%

-4.4%

Chicago

117.86

-1.4%

-2.2%

-7.4%

Cleveland

99.73

-0.4%

-2.0%

-4.0%

Dallas

114.61

-0.2%

-1.1%

-3.6%

Denver

124.10

-0.7%

-1.2%

-2.4%

Detroit

65.93

-2.3%

-2.5%

-9.1%

Las Vegas

99.48

-1.1%

-0.4%

-4.7%

Los Angeles

170.99

-1.3%

-0.4%

-0.2%

Miami

143.11

-0.5%

-0.2%

-3.7%

Minneapolis

117.09

-1.3%

-2.2%

-5.3%

New York

167.86

-0.9%

-1.2%

-2.3%

Phoenix

103.10

-1.7%

-1.1%

-8.3%

Portland

138.23

-1.2%

-1.6%

-7.8%

San Diego

158.97

-0.7%

0.1%

1.7%

San Francisco

135.85

-1.0%

-1.1%

-0.4%

Seattle

138.70

-2.0%

-1.1%

-6.0%

Tampa

130.23

-2.6%

-0.9%

-6.2%

Washington

186.18

0.3%

0.0%

4.1%

Composite-10

156.26

-0.9%

-0.8%

-1.2%

Composite-20

142.42

-1.0%

-1.0%

-2.4%

U.S. National Index

130.38*

-3.9%* (Q3 to Q4)

-1.9%* (Q2 to Q3)

-4.1%

*Index base value of 100 established in January 2000. Changes in U.S. index are quarterly (Q3 to Q4 2010, and Q2 to Q3 2010) instead of monthly.
Source: Standard & Poor’s and Fiserv.

Looking at trends in individual markets from November to December, however, only Washington, D.C., saw price appreciation.

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