Friday, March 21, 2008

The Value of Bernanke's house

Bernanke lives in Washington's Capitol Hill area in a four- bedroom, 2,600-square-foot house he bought new in May 2004 for $839,000. Almost four years later, it may not be worth any more, according to real estate records and local agents....

Real estate records show Bernanke's next-door neighbor's house sold in July 2007 for $880,000, 4.9 percent more than Bernanke's purchase three years earlier. A home four doors down and comparable in size and condition to Bernanke's has been on the market for five weeks at $899,000, after a failed attempt to sell for $988,000 in 2006....

The average sales price in the Washington area dropped to $217,780 in December, a decline of 13 percent from a record of $251,070 in May 2006, S&P/Case-Shiller data show. Washington's home prices had gained an average of 15.9 percent a year in the 10-year period ending in 2005, according to Case-Shiller figures.

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