Home prices rose for the second quarter this year, according to Freddie Mac's quarterly national Conventional Home Price Index (CMHPI) Purchase-Only Series released Tuesday, adding evidence the nation's housing market is warming up. The government mortgage entity's home-price-growth index rose 0.9 percent in the third quarter, following an upwardly revised 2 percent pickup in the second quarter. The increases of the past two quarters made up for about two-fifths of the declines registered during the final quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. U.S. home-sale prices were down 3.9 percent year-over-year. "The home-price gains of the past two quarters reflect improving existing-home sales over that period. Sales volume was up 15 percent between the first and third quarters ...
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