Before the housing boom and bust, changes in local house values appeared to be a local phenomenon. Now, however, the District’s house-price changes are mirroring national patterns. Therefore, downward trends in other parts of the country may continue to negatively affect prices in the District.
Since the third quarter of 2011, OREO levels at community banks in the District and nationwide have declined. However, the current volume of these properties is much higher than what it was before the start of the financial crisis, indicating that such banks have a long way to go before OREO levels return to what they were before the financial crisis.