Data through November 2012, released Tuesday by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, showed home prices rose 4.5 percent for the 10-City Composite and 5.5 percent for the 20-City Composite in the 12 months ending in November 2012.

In the 12 months ended in November, prices rose in 19 of the 20 cities and declined in New York. In 19 cities, prices rose faster in the 12 months to November than in the 12 months to October; Cleveland prices rose at the same pace in both time periods. Phoenix led with the fastest price rise – up 22.8 percent in 12 months as it posted its seventh consecutive month of double-digit annual returns.