HOME PRICES RISE: A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 4.6 percent in August compared with a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase in more than six years. CoreLogic, a private real estate data provider, also said Tuesday that prices rose 0.3 percent in August from July, the sixth straight monthly gain.
HOUSING REBOUND: Steady price increases, combined with greater home sales and rising builder confidence, suggest the housing recovery may be sustainable.
ECONOMIC BENEFIT: When prices rise people typically feel wealthier and spend more. And more Americans are likely to put their houses up for sale, which could further energize the market.