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LPS Price Index Inches Up in August

Home prices continue to rise, albeit with some dampening due to seasonal impacts. However, prices are still appreciating faster than last year, according to Lender Processing Services' (LPS) Home Price Index report for August. LPS calculated a 0.4 percent monthly home price increase in August and a 9 percent annual rise. Both calculations are lower than the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, which calculated a 1.3 percent monthly increase and a 12.8 percent annual increase.

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FOMC Votes No Change in Asset Purchases

Fed

Analysts holding out for a sign that the Federal Reserve may soon taper its asset purchasing program will have to continue waiting. The Fed released on Wednesday the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement, revealing a generally cautious attitude as the economy struggles against headwinds. On the subject of housing, the FOMC noted growth has slowed in recent months; however, unlike the September statement, October's release does not cite rising mortgage rates as a concern.

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Mortgage Applications Leap as Government Crisis Ends

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After staying mostly flat through mid-October, mortgage application volume jumped for the week ending October 25, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) found in its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. MBA's Market Composite Index, a measure of loan application volume, increased 6.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the prior week. Having experienced a shaky summer, the Refinance Index bumped up 9 percent week-over-week.

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August Case-Shiller Indices Rise at Fastest Rate Since February 2006

The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices rose once again in August at their fastest annual rate in more than six and a half years, but the monthly pace continues to slow. The Case-Shiller 10- and 20-city composites each posted yearly growth of 12.8 percent over August 2012, breaking July records and setting the fastest pace for growth since February 2006. Compared to July's indices, annual growth accelerated in 14 of the tracked cities. Monthly numbers were slower, with both composites seeing a 1.3 percent increase.

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