Home prices are now up 41% since 2006, before the housing market crash that zapped the economy.
Prices are soaring, but economists expect market conditions to change.
Lower mortgage rates change the buying equation.
Prices are still going up, but slower than they have in almost two years, leaving realtors managing seller expectations.
"The slowdown is a good thing for homebuyers,” one economist says.
Rising city home prices rises force some younger people to the suburbs.
Today, the latest Case-Shiller Home Price index was released. It looks at housing prices in the 20 biggest metropolitan areas of the country. Consumers are also upbeat: consumer confidence jumped to the highest level since February.