WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased at a faster clip in November, the gains fueled by solid hiring growth, historically low mortgage rates and a shortage of houses on the market.
The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8 percent from a year ago, up from a 5.5 percent pace in October.
Home values nationwide are now just 4.8 percent below their July 2006 peak, as the real estate market has slowly recovered from the housing bust that triggered the Great Recession eight years ago. But several metro areas have fully rebounded from the downturn. Four metro areas — Dallas, Denver, San Francisco and Portland, Ore. — have either matched or eclipsed their all-time highs.