Source: USA Today (www.usatoday.com)
Home prices rose 4.3% the 12 months ended in October, according to a widely watched survey, outpacing analyst expectations and underscoring a strengthening housing recovery.
Still, the Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller index of 20 major cities, out Wednesday, dipped 0.1% in October from a month earlier. That was expected given that home prices tend to be lower in fall and winter than in spring and summer.
Year-over-year trends are more meaningful. In 19 of the 20 cities surveyed, annual returns in October were higher than September, the data show.
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