housing high houston 2
  • Home value now*: $156,100
  • Housing boom peak: $142,100

Another city dominated by the oil and energy industry, Houston's housing market has moved in tandem with that of Dallas.

Prices stayed reasonable, even as they bubbled -- and burst -- elsewhere in the country, according to Humphries. Few regulatory barriers and lots of inexpensive land in the area helped to keep building costs low and housing inventory plentiful, he said.

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But rapid population growth -- the number of residents grew 6.6% between 2010 and 2013 -- has put pressure on home prices.

Values have already surpassed their 2007 peak of $142,000 -- and Zillow expects them to keep climbing at a steady rate.

First published April 22, 2014: 7:03 PM ET
Source: Zillow
Zillow home values are the median estimated home value for a given geographic area in March 2014, and includes the value of all single-family residences, condominiums and cooperatives, regardless of whether they sold within a given period. It is expressed in dollars, and seasonally adjusted.

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