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The MReport Webcast: Wednesday 10/1/2014

Leading measures released Tuesday show home price growth suffered a setback in July, falling month to month on a seasonally adjusted basis and slowing significantly on an annual scale. Including seasonal factors, the S&P/Case-Shiller 10- and 20-city indices both posted a half a percent decline from June to July. Those losses compare to declines of 0.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, from May to June. The National Index, meanwhile, inched up 0.2 percent, a step up from a small drop in June.

Removing seasonal adjustments, each index increased over the month, though growth was nearly halved compared to June. According to S&P Dow Jones, the 10- and 20-city composites each increased 0.6 percent, while the National Index was up half a percent. Price gains were also slower on an annual basis, with nearly all major markets reporting lower annual returns in than they experienced in June.

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