Home prices fall back slightly in November, soar from a year earlier | Cross River Real Estate

 

Home prices in the nation’s largest cities declined slightly in November from  October, as the market showed signs of cooling during the slower fall season,  according to a closely watched index.

The S&P/Case-Shiller  index of 20 large U.S. metropolitan areas, released Tuesday, fell 0.1% from  October–the first decline since November 2012. But prices soared compared to a  year earlier, rising 13.7%.

David M. Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones  Indices, called November a “good month for home prices,” noting strong  year-over-year price appreciation.

“Prices typically weaken as we move closer to the winter,” he said in a  statement.

Western metros continue to lead the recovery. Prices in Las Vegas rose 27.3%  compared to November 2012; San Francisco 23.2%; and Los Angeles 21.6%.

The Case-Shiller index, created by economists Karl E. Case and Robert J.  Shiller, is widely considered the most reliable read on home values.

The housing index compares the latest sales of detached houses with previous  sales, and accounts for factors such as remodeling that might affect a house’s  sale price over time.

Nine cities posted price gains from October. Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix,  Miami and Tampa,  Fla., have seen 12 or more straight monthly increases.

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-case-shiller-20140128,0,5908610.story#ixzz2rhqtcUVQ

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