Someone once said, “Figures don’t lie, but liars do figure.” The point of course is that anyone can take a set of data and twist it to most any conclusion. Of course, it helps to add a graph or two o drive home the point. I point out today a column that purported the gloom and doom of what should behome prices on the rise good news to both real estate investors and home buyers as well. But no, good news really doesn’t sell many newspapers, does it? The headline? “Home Prices Edge Lower in November.”

The article reviewed data from the most recent Case-Shiller home price index. According to the data, the index of 20 metropolitan areas showed an increase in value by 4.3 percent last November, compared to the very same period last year. But that really doesn’t jive with the headline does it? Not especially. Last time I looked an increase in value was a good thing. But the article attempts to point out that while we’ve seen consistent month to month price gains for housing for the past two years, the gains weren’t on a fast enough clip for some. Apparently not enough for the author. Yes, the article did point out the increase was the slowest since October of 2012 but still, it’s an increase, right? The last time we saw huge bubbles in home prices it wasn’t a good thing. It never is.

Here’s the deal: yes, the increase wasn’t as strong as it once was but it’s still on the rise. And seasoned real estate investors get wary of double digit price increases. An apparent bubble can cause home buyers to be a bit paranoid of any market. Yes, prices are on the rise, but are the prices at the very top and next month the property will be worth less than what I paid for it? To us, real estate is one of the best performing, secured investments in today’s markets. Don’t pay attention to the headlines. Pay attention to real data without the spin.