October Home Prices Offer Hope and Caution

The rate of decline for house prices has stalled, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Index of home sale prices in 20 U.S. cities. Released Tuesday, the report for October shows prices in 13 cities held their own but remained almost flat. Still, flat is better than a continuing dip. Seven cities had month-over-month gains, and all 20 continue to show improvement on a year-over-year basis.