Optimism about real estate trends hit a brick wall this fall, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. reported Monday.

The agency takes the pulse of real estate markets by polling examiners and liquidators quarterly and then converting their responses into an index score. From July to October, the index plummeted 15 points, to 62-the lowest since January 1996. Commercial property markets scored a 61, down 14 points from July, and residential real estate fell 17 points, to 62.

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