ECONOMY

US home price gains slow in November, restrained by slower sales and limited supply

In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 photo, a flag flaps in the breeze in front of a new home for sale in Richmond, Va. The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes for December on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 photo, a flag flaps in the breeze in front of a new home for sale in Richmond, Va. The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes for December on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. home prices rose at a modest pace in November, held back by weaker sales and a limited number of available houses.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 4.3 percent in November from 12 months earlier. That's down slightly from a 4.5 percent pace in October. Sharp price increases early last year and tight credit held back home sales in 2014. Sales of existing homes fell 3.1 percent to 4.93 million. Yet housing may rebound this year thanks to smaller price gains, lower mortgage rates, and healthy hiring.

The Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The November figures are the latest available.