First American CoreLogic Releases September 2008 LoanPerformance Home Price Index

—National Depreciation Rate Remains Steady for Eighth Consecutive Month—

December 1, 2008, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American CoreLogic, a member of The First American Corporation (NYSE:FAF), America’s largest provider of advance property and ownership information, analytics and services, today announced the release of its full month September 2008 LoanPerformance Home Price Index (HPI).

The LoanPerformance HPI provides the most comprehensive set of monthly home price indices and median sales prices covering 7,620 ZIP codes, 958 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) and 676 counties located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The indices, which are the most comprehensive available in the industry, are reported to clients five weeks after each full month ends. For state-by-state maps, visit (12-month map) and (3-month map). 

“In September, nominal home prices declined 11.2 percent from a year ago and our October early preview data indicates a decline of 10.5 percent. Home prices have maintained an annualized depreciation rate of between 10 and 11 percent for eight months in a row,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist for First American CoreLogic. “Our early estimates for October sales transaction volume has declined substantially, which is not a surprise given recently released economic data and events in the credit and financial markets,” added Fleming.

12-Month Change by Top CBSAs


(Core Based Statistical Areas) as of September 2008


Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA 


Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA


Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA


Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL


Las Vegas-Paradise NV


Cape Coral-Fort Myers FL


San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA



– more –


Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale AZ 


Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL 


Orlando-Kissimmee FL 


San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA


Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL


Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV


Honolulu HI 


Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI


Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA 


Chicago-Naperville-Joliet IL 


Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI


Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton OR-WA


New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ


Boston-Quincy MA


Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA


Edison-New Brunswick NJ


Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor OH


St. Louis MO-IL


Denver-Aurora CO 


Philadelphia PA 


Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord NC-SC


Raleigh-Cary NC 


Salt Lake City UT 


Dallas-Plano-Irving TX 


San Antonio TX 


Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX


Austin-Round Rock TX


Source: First American CoreLogic, LoanPerformance HPI, Single-Family Detached Series as of September 2008

“Thirty-four states experienced annual price declines as of September, but the geographic breadth of the declines seems to have stabilized as the number of states with year-over-year declines has been constant for six consecutive months. California remains the clear leader as prices have declined 29.9 percent annually, followed by Nevada (25 percent), Arizona (21.1 percent), Florida (17.5 percent), Hawaii (14.3 percent) and Rhode Island (13.3 percent). West Virginia (5 percent) and Texas (2.1 percent) continue to exhibit the leading price increases, but even those increases have been generally decelerating in the last few months,” added Fleming.

In addition, updated LoanPerformance HPI data through mid-October 2008 is currently available, providing clients with an early snapshot of trends with only a three-week lag period. Full-month September through mid-month October 2008 state and top CBSA-level data can be found at

The LoanPerformance
HPI incorporates more than 30 years worth of repeat sales transactions, representing more than 45 million observations sourced from First American CoreLogic’s industry-leading property information database. LoanPerformance HPI provides a multi-tier market evaluation based on price, time between sales, property type and loan type (conforming vs. nonconforming). With LoanPerformance HPI, users can monitor real estate trends by market, identify at-risk markets as they unfold, selectively evaluate markets by tier and fine tune investment strategies. LoanPerformance HPI is delivered through the TrueStandings® Web-based business intelligence platform, which provides instant access to real estate price trends in all of the key local markets in the United States. Data can be sorted by time period, state, county, CBSA and ZIP code.

About First American CoreLogic
First American CoreLogic, a member of The First American Corporation (NYSE:FAF) family of companies, is the largest provider of real estate, property and ownership data and advanced analytics for information on foreclosures, delinquencies, median home prices, home price indices, home valuations, sales activity and mortgage loan originations. The market-specific data covers 7620 ZIP codes, 958 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) and 3,050 counties located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This data represents 99 percent of the United States population, 140 million (97 percent) of all properties, more than 50 million active mortgages and $2 trillion in loan-level, non-agency mortgage securities. First American CoreLogic’s products and services enable customers to better manage mortgage risk, protect against fraud, acquire and retain customers, manage credit risk, mitigate loss, decrease mortgage transaction cycle time, more accurately value properties and determine real estate trends and market performance.  More information about First American CoreLogic can be found at



About First American
The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a FORTUNE 500® company that traces its history to 1889. With revenues of approximately $8.2 billion in 2007, it is America’s largest provider of business information. First American combines advanced analytics with its vast data resources to supply businesses and consumers with valuable information products to support the major economic events of people’s lives, such as getting a job, renting an apartment, buying a car or house, securing a mortgage and opening or buying a business. The First American Family of Companies, many of which command leading market share positions in their respective industries, operate within five primary business segments, including: Title Insurance and

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