Federal Index Shows Home Prices Rising

October 1, 2009

Source: Alan Zibel, The Associated Press

U.S. home prices rose 0.3 percent in July compared to June, the Federal Housing finance Agency said Tuesday.

The index is 4.2 percent below what it was in 2008 and 10.5 percent off its peak in April 2007.

The index excludes most expensive homes from its calculations, so prices appear to have declined less than they have by other measures.

The report "supports other evidence that the three-year long decline in prices has come to halt," Paul Dales, U.S. economist with Capital Economics, wrote in a note to clients.

Other economists were less positive. "We think house price indexes are likely to edge somewhat lower in the fall when foreclosures become a larger share of home sales," Barclays Capital economist Nicholas Tenev wrote in a note to his clients.

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