According to the Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Index, home prices rose 6.9% between the first and second quarter of 2012, the largest quarter-to-quarter gain since the home-value tracker's 1987 inception.
With grocery bills rising, use these money-saving tips to get through the supermarket faster and with less money spent.
Mortgage markets improved last week for the second consecutive week.
In July, the third time this year, the Pending Home Sales Index crossed its benchmark value of 100, moving to 101.7.
According to the Federal Home Finance Agency's Home Price Index, home prices rose by a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 percent between May and June 2012. The index is now up 3.0% over the past 12 months, and made its biggest quarterly gain since 2005 last quarter.