The end of the decline in home prices will come only when there are no new economic forces driving them down.
When will that be? I'd love to say it's just around the corner. But everything I see tells me that, despite the sharp declines already recorded, a steeper plunge in home values is dead ahead.
Already, in 2008, one in ten American homeowners has defaulted on their mortgage or lost their home in foreclosure. Nearly four in ten owe more than their home is worth.
And all this is before the recession deepens and before we experience the next phase of the Great American Housing Nightmare.