Home prices jump 12%, new home sales hit a five year high

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The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index was up 12.1% in April, compared to a year ago, in the 20 top real estate markets across the nation. That was the biggest annual jump in prices in seven years. Prices climbed 2.5% from March, posting the biggest one-month rise in the 12-year history of the index.

New homes sold at an annual pace of 476,000 in May, according to a separate government report. That’s the best reading since July 2008, just before the global financial meltdown slashed homebuyers’ access to credit. The pace of sales was up 2.1% from April, and up 29% from a year ago.

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