Saturday, January 21, 2012

Top 10 US metro areas with steepest home-price cuts in 2011

Metro areas in Michigan and the Southeast experienced the most substantial cuts in for-sale home prices listed on in 2011 compared to 2010. Flint, Mich., and Detroit topped the list at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, experiencing 13.21 percent and 12 percent price drops on average home listing prices, respectively.

The rest of the top 10 spanned from No. 3 Bakersfield, Calif., with a 9.85 percent price drop in listing price, to No. 10 Gainesville, Ga., at a 9.6 percent drop.

Following the most recent housing market turmoil geographic trends, all of the top 10 metro areas were clustered in north-central Florida, Georgia, Michigan and California.

The Interstate 75 corridor cuts through or near most of the markets on the list, including: Lakeland, Fla.; Ocala, Fla.; Macon, Ga.; Atlanta; and Gainesville, Ga., in the Southeast, and Detroit; Flint, Mich.; and Lansing, Mich., in Michigan. Bakersfield, Calif., and Madera, Calif., in Calfornia's Central Valley, are the exceptions.

Lansing, Mich., at No. 9, was the metro with the lowest average listing price in the top 10, at $56,600. No. 7 Macon, Ga., was not far behind with $57,000. Bakersfield, Calif., at No. 3, had the highest average listing price at $130,300, followed closely by Gainesville, Ga., at $124,500.

Source: Zillow Home Value Index.

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