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Phoenix home prices drop again in December

Associated Press Modified: January 27, 2011 at 4:03 am •  Published: January 27, 2011

PHOENIX (AP) — A new report shows home prices in the Phoenix area dropped by 8 percent in November from the same period a year ago.

Wednesday's preliminary report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is the latest in a string of dismal reports on area home prices, which have now fallen for five months in a row.

Professor Karl Guntermann says prices will probably continue to fall for the next several months but he's fairly certain the worst is over.

The median price for homes in November was $114,000, down from $122,300 in November The median price has remained between $122,000 and $135,000 since 2009.

Foreclosures are driving the declines. ASU professor Jay Butler says 4 percent of Maricopa County homes were foreclosed on last year.