NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Home prices rose in April for the first time in seven months, though they are still near record lows, according to a report out Tuesday.
Average home prices increased 1.3% in April in 20 major markets, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index. This comes after prices hitnew post-bubble lows in March.
As of April, average home prices nationwide are back to where they were in early 2003. Prices are down 34% from their summer 2006 peak.
On an annual basis, prices are down 1.9%, though that's an improvement over March's decline. Ten cities -- Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Tampa and Washington D.C. -- had positive annual returns. (Where home prices are rising for the wrong reasons)