Home prices may keep sliding into 2012

Many forecasters expect sluggish real estate recovery

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Home prices are in the midst of another slide and won’t hit bottom until late next year or early 2013, according to a survey of more than 100 economists, real estate experts and investment strategists.

The survey, sponsored by Zillow Inc. and conducted by Pulsenomics LLC during the first two weeks of December, asks participants to project the path of the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index over the next five years.