Retail sales increased 0.8 percent from February, and 6.5 percent on a year over year basis.
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As of February, prices have dropped 4.43 percent below the level seen in February 2011, slumping through the winter months
Home prices in some cities show some signs of stabilizing. But in Atlanta, the decline in home prices is accelerating.
The home price price index declined 0.83 percent since December while the Composite-20 index declined 0.84 percent over the same period resulting in the lowest level seen to on the Composite-10 since June 2003 and the largest peak decline seen since the nearly six year old housing bust began in 2006.
Single family home sales declined 1.0 percent from January but rose 9.4 percent above the level seen in February 2011.
Although existing home sales dipped last month, foreign buyers are snapping up US homes. In some markets, they may be putting an end to the downturn in existing home sales.
Single family housing permits increased a whopping 4.9 percent from last month to 472,000 single family units, but single family housing starts plunged 9.86 percent to 457,000 units.
The latest Housing Market Index (HMI) shows a flattening of most measures in March with the composite HMI index remaining unchanged at 28. The "buyer traffic" index stayed put at 22.