That's the beginning of the 2nd sentence in a USA Today cover story from yesterday. Alarming, isn't it, that home prices would fall 5% in one month? But of course that is not the case. Home prices were 5% lower in October than they were A YEAR AGO-- big difference. I was suprised that a major newspaper would state something in such a misleading way, and I suspect that a lot of people don't notice the difference-- see my Rule about numeracy. Whenever I see charts tracking the real estate market, I wonder how many people confuse graphs that track the monthly percentage change in prices vs. the previous year with graphs that track the prices themselves. Either way the news isn't that good right now, but it's not as bad as USA Today made it sound yesterday!