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by CareyBot

Eight of the 10 housing and mortgage-related stocks that make up the hypothetical Inman Index out-classed the broader market indices in September. The eight -- Countrywide Financial, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Realogy, Homestore, IndyMac, Washington Mutual and ZipRealty -- all finished the month ahead of the Nasdaq Composite, which was up 3 percent, and the Dow Jones Industrials and Standard & Poor's 500, which each gained 1.9 percent. Interactive Corp., which operates the LendingTree and RealEstate.com Web sites, among other properties, also was in the plus column in September, although with a gain of less than 1 percent. HouseValues dropped 2.5 percent over the period and was the only issue in the Inman Index that closed the month in the minus column. The top performer was ZipRealty,...