There was a brief uptick in the median price of homes in the first quarter of '08, but the trend resumed its downward course in the second quarter of '08. Meanwhile, the delinquency rate shot up in the second quarter of '08, now above 5 percent on first mortgages, and the default rate on first mortgages approached 2% in the second quarter of '08.
None of this reflects added woes that may come from the loss of jobs on a related to the Wall Street melt down. For example, economist James Hughes, dean of Rutgers' Edward J. Bloustein School of of Planning and Public Policy, said that he expects New Jersey to suffer economic difficulties and job losses well in excess of the 16,000 that the state has already lost since the beginning of the year. In a worst case scenario, 100,000 jobs could be lost, he fears.
Inventory of Unsold Homes; Median Home Sales Price Trend; Delinquencies & Defaults Trend