Bucking the Tide: Small Cities
Show Best ’08 Appreciation

According to First American CoreLogic Inc., the 11 cities with the highest home price appreciation in 2008 are:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa: 8.83 percent
Binghamton, N.Y.: 7.78 percent
Amsterdam, N.Y.: 7.89 percent
Malone, N.Y.: 7.60 percent
Bay City, Mich.: 6.87 percent
College Station-Bryan: 6.78 percent
Rocky Mount, N.C.: 6.69 percent
Auburn, N.Y.: 6.51 percent
Lebanon, Pa.: 6.41 percent
Elmira, N.Y.: 6.28 percent
Johnstown, Pa.: 6.20 percent

Juxtapose that with a story in today’s Wall Street Journal, “The Hamptons Half-Price Sale.”

You’d guess that other locales favored by former “Masters of the Universe” — such as Greenwich, CT and Palm Beach, FL — aren’t faring so well, either.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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