US home prices rising 2 times faster than wages

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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, file photo, a home under construction and for sale is shown in Roswell, Ga. U.S. home prices rose in December 2016 from a year earlier at the fastest pace in 11 months, as prospective buyers bid against each ... other for a limited supply of available property, according to the Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) (AP)

U.S. home prices climbed in March at the strongest rate in nearly three year as a dwindling supply of houses for sale is causing prices to significantly outpace income growth.

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The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.9 percent over the past 12 months ended in March, the most since July 2014. Home values are increasing at more than double the pace of average hourly earnings, making it more difficult for many people to afford to buy a home.

A steady job market has bulked up demand among many would-be buyers, but there are fewer properties on the market. Sales listings have plummeted 9 percent over the past year to 1.93 million, according to the National Association of Realtors.

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

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