Housing Bust Rebels

Affordable housing and booming job markets have helped some metros buck the national trend of stagnant home prices

You can buy a house on Park Place with $200 in Monopoly money, but the real thing will cost a whole lot more, especially after last year. Even as national home prices saw their worst-ever decline last quarter, the median home price in the Atlantic City (N.J.) area shot up almost 26%, to $339,800, marking the sharpest year-over-year increase of any U.S. metropolitan area.

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