Detecting a change in attitude among both buyers and sellers — not to mention what is now a three-month increase in the benchmark price indices that bear his name — economist Karl Case believes the housing market has hit bottom.

Not that housing is ready to bounce back with a vengeance, but at least it is no longer in a free-fall, the co-founder of the S&P Case Shiller indices said at the New England Mortgage Bankers Conference in Providence, R.I.

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