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The Counties In Which Home Prices Are Rising

2008
05.08

Contrary to what reporters tell us, real estate appears to be doing just fine nationwide.  Aside from the few states in red, most counties appreciated

When real estate news is reported on television or in the papers, it’s usually told as a national story. Unfortunately, stories like these aren’t helpful for everyday Americans because real estate is not a national market.

Real estate is local.

The graph above was used by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke in a speech to Columbia Business School earlier this week. Using data from conforming mortgage fundings, it shows the change in home prices from year-to-year on a county level.

Any county not in red increased in value.

In other words, contrary to what reporters tell us, real estate is retaining its value just fine nationwide. Aside from a few counties and states, most areas appreciated.

Graphics like this put important real estate issues in perspective. Home values may falling precipitously in some areas, but those neighborhoods represent just a fraction of the country overall.

In most regions, home values are up.

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