Latest Case-Shiller index shows monthly gains, though prices are down 15.4 percent from last June. But such barometers are not a one-stop guide to the housing market.
Since the 1930s, consumers have been key to lifting America out of a downturn.
Pending home-sale transactions rose in June. Low mortgage rates and affordable home prices seem to be stabilizing the market.
Sluggish growth could last for decades, economists say.
The Conference Board's economic indicators were positive for the third straight month in June, though recovery may be slow.
The economy is recovering, but forecasters suggest that America is headed for a third straight 'jobless recovery.'
A silver lining is the US economy shed fewer jobs in May than forecasters had predicted.
By 2016, a new car will pollute less and get more than 35 miles per gallon, but its sticker price will be at least $600 higher.