S&P Case-Shiller Index: Home Prices Rose in October

by Christopher Freeburn | December 26, 2012 11:25 am

home for sale[1]Americans paid more for new homes in October[2], according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index.

The index, released on Wednesday, showed that home prices in 20 metropolitan areas increased 4.3% compared to October of last year. That topped the 4% rise economists had forecast, Reuters noted.

Prices for single-family homes in October rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.7% over September in the 20 major metropolitan areas. That beat the 0.5% increase anticipated by economists and marked the ninth straight monthly price rise.

Home prices rose the most in Las Vegas, up 2.4% on a seasonally adjusted basis. San Diego saw home prices gain 1.7%. However, without the seasonal adjustment, home prices actually declined, compared to September, in 12 of the 20 metropolitan areas.

David Blitzer at Standard & Poor’s noted that the index showed that the recovery of the U.S. housing market was continuing to strengthen.

The better-than-expected results had little effect on homebuilders. Shares of Ryland (NYSE:RYL[3]) rose fractionally, while shares of  D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI[4]) and Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL[5]) slipped slightly in Wednesday morning trading.

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  2. paid more for new homes in October: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/home-prices-rose-october-p-140523264.html;_ylt=Av.76IKt2jYokXw08P29EeKiuYdG;_ylu=X3oDMTN1ZWc4ZzEwBG1pdANGaW5hbmNlIEZQIE1lZ2F0cm9uIDIEcGtnA2YzODFlZjg2LWZiZmQtMzg1YS1hYzNjLWVjNGRhNTZiMTY1MwRwb3MDMQRzZWMDbWVnYXRyb24EdmVyAzVhY2I5NTkyLTRmNmMtMTFlMi1iN2VkLWQxZjg3MDVhOTI2MQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTFpNzk0NjhtBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3
  3. RYL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=RYL
  4. DHI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DHI
  5. TOL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TOL

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