Area home prices finished '13 up 8%

The improvement in Nashville-area home prices continued in December, says research firm CoreLogic: Year over year, prices were up 7.9 percent when including distressed sales and 8.9 percent without them. That's down a bit from November's gains but only a few points behind some of the best state numbers around the country. The gains also are still solidly above the meager increases CoreLogic and other firms are forecasting we'll get in 2014.