Case-Shiller index

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The Case-Shiller Home Price Indices are quarterly nominal house price indices for the United States.


[edit] Description

The indices are calculated from data on repeat sales of single family homes, an approach, developed by economists Karl Case, Robert Shiller and Allan Weiss. The indices are normalized to have a value of 100 in the first quarter of 2000.

A popular and widely used subset of the Case Shiller Index is the 20 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) view used by Standard and Poors in the S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Index.[1][2]

The indices are calculated monthly by Fiserv, Inc.- the company that owns and maintains the index and is published with a two month lag on the last Tuesday of every month. Fiserv can provide a deeper view of home prices, at the zip code level beyond the 10 or 20 MSA view used by S&P.

This index family includes 20 regional indices and two composite indices as aggregates of the regions. The MSA indices are three month moving averages. Consequently, so are the composite indices.

The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index is a composite of single-family home price indices for the nine U.S. Census divisions, calculated quarterly.

Options and futures based on Case-Shiller index are traded on Chicago Mercantile Exchange[1]

[edit] Correlations reports[3] the US index has a slightly negative correlation with stocks and bonds, but slightly positive correlation with commodities and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT). The correlation with REITs is surprisingly low.

[edit] Valuation

One way to evaluate property on the basis of cash flow, rather than as a speculative asset, is to determine the price-to-rent ratio, akin to P/E for stocks, which is the inverse of the cap rate (annual return on capital).

For example, in Atlanta the cap rate is 6% (2006 data), giving a price-to-rent ratio of 100/6 = 16.7. On the other hand, in San Francisco, the cap rate is 3%, giving a price-to-rent ratio of 100/3 = 33, which suggests that real estate may be overvalued in San Francisco.[citation needed]

[edit] Historical values

The national index attained its all-time high of 189.93 in 2006 Q2, and has declined in every subsequent quarter to date.

On December 30, 2008, the index recorded its largest year over year drop. [2]

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Selected Quarterly S&P/Case-Shiller Index Values
1987 Q1 62.03
1988 Q1 66.67
1989 Q1 72.43
1990 Q1 75.58
1991 Q1 73.43
1992 Q1 74.30
1993 Q1 74.46
1994 Q1 76.46
1995 Q1 77.74
1996 Q1 79.61
1997 Q1 81.82
1998 Q1 85.71
1999 Q1 92.08
2000 Q1 100.00
2001 Q1 109.27
2002 Q1 118.00
2003 Q1 130.48
2004 Q1 146.26
2005 Q1 169.19
2006 Q1 188.66
Q2 189.93
Q3 188.11
Q4 186.51
2007 Q1 184.77
Q2 183.03
Q3 179.80
Q4 170.21
2008 Q1 158.97
Q2 155.45
Q3 150.04[4]
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