The February value of the index was 153. The 30-year mortgage rate is about 4.7 percent. If and when long-term interest rates go up just 150 basis points, housing prices in aggregate might be expected to take a further hit in the neighborhood of one third.
Here is the chart for the Composite-US series beginning in 1987. A rise in mortgage rates to 6 percent would imply a further 20 percent fall in house prices. And that assumes no overshooting.
As www.patrick.net says, now is not a good time to buy a house.
P.S. Having just had the opportunity to compare OSX and Windows 7 directly and to get my new computer tweaked to my liking (I deleted all Dell’s bloatware) I must say that Win7 is a pretty good imitation of OSX. Taskbar = dock, lots of graphical niceties, and with 8 gig RAM and a quad-4 CPU, Win7 does its “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny” schtick pretty quickly and without too many annoyances. So convergent evolution appears to have worked okay in this instance.