Several Housing Markets Head for Appreciation

Several Housing Markets Head for Appreciation in 2012
Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, January 03, 2012

A boom in farm prices has caused many Midwest cities to emerge as leaders for some of the strongest predictions for housing appreciation in 2012. Kansas City, Kan., came in the top spot in HousingPredictor’s annual survey, forecasting an appreciation of 5.8 percent for this year.

“The recovery is starting in housing with these cities and will eventually spread to other communities throughout the nation as the U.S. recovers from the worst collapse in real estate since the Great Depression,” according to HousingPredictor.
Here are the top cities expected to have housing appreciation in 2012 and by how much, according to HousingPredictor’s latest report:

1. Kansas City, Kan.: 5.8%
2. Topeka, Kan.: 4.7%
3. Charleston, W.V.: 4.5%
4. Oklahoma City, Okla.: 4.3%
5. Minot, N.D.: 4.2%
6. Overland Park, Kan.: 4.2%
7. Wichita, Kan.: 4.1%
8. Huntington, W.V.: 4%
9. Wheeling, W.V.: 3.9%
10. Bismarck, N.D.: 3.6%
11. Casper, Wyo.: 3.5%
12. Lake Charles, La.: 3.4%
13. Rapid City, S.D.: 3.2%
14. El Paso, Texas: 3.2%
15. Cheyenne, Wyo.: 3.2%
Source: “Best Housing Markets 2012,” HousingPredictor (January 2012)

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