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Midwest, West likely to see greatest declines in house prices

Chicago is one of the midwest cities where house prices are predicted to keep declining.

Chicago is one of the midwest cities where house prices are predicted to keep declining.

People moving house in the second half of 2011 will likely find affordable real estate, according to the Clear Capital Home Data Index Forecast released on July 8.

According to the forecast, nationwide house prices declined by 3.2 percent during the first half of 2011 and are expected to decrease by another 2.4 percent in the next six months.

Those relocating to the Northeast and South can expect house prices to be levelling off or even rising, though prices are not expected to spike. Washington, D.C., and New York City are two of five metropolitan areas where prices are forecast to climb modestly throughout the second half of the year.

House prices are predicted to decline more significantly in the Midwest, particularly in the metro areas of Cleveland (-8.5 percent), Minneapolis (-7.1 percent) and Chicago (-5.3 percent). On the West Coast, Fresno, California (-5.0 percent), Portland (-3.4 percent) and Sacramento (-2.6 percent) could see noticeable declines. However, the California market as a whole seems to be stabilizing, with decreases in some areas balanced by little predicted movement in major metro areas such as San Diego (-0.8 percent) and San Francisco (+0.2 percent).

The Clear Capital index was released one day after CNNMoney published a report predicting house prices will not begin to rise until 2012.