Home prices to pick up ahead, Zillow says
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Have home values finally reached bottom? Zillow, the real-estate website, says yes. Nationwide, home values rose 0.2% in the second quarter compared with a year earlier--the first annual increase since 2007.
Still, with more foreclosures ahead, and the overall economy on rocky terrain, we may not be there yet. Read Amy Hoak's story today for more on the housing market.
Plus, check out our story on how some economists expect consumers to start ramping up debt again. That might be good for the economy, but it isn't a good plan for consumers' pocketbooks.
--, Personal Finance editor
Home prices reach a bottom: Zillow
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