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U.S. home prices rose 5.4 percent in March, the same as in February, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index.

Home sales unaffected as prices rise

WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices kept climbing in March as the spring home buying season began, but so far the higher costs haven’t thwarted sales.

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 5.4 percent in March compared with a year earlier, according to a report released Tuesday. That is the same annual gain as in February.

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