8. Tacoma, WA
Home price forecast (1 year):* 3.9%
Tacoma's downtown has gone through a revival over the past few decades, and its metro area lies within striking distance of some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific Northwest, including the Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and Olympia National Park.

Still, the local housing market has lost more value since its peak than did nearby Seattle. It did, however, outperform the nation as a whole.

Careful growth policies that Washington has urged its cities to pursue will help boost prices in Tacoma. The city is projected to keep growing, with an annualized gain of 3.9% through 2011.
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Median family income:
Median home price:
Affordability index:
(Median home price/family income 2009)
Prices peaked in: 2007:Q2
Total climb during the boom:
(2000 to peak)
Total decline so far:
(Peak through 2009)
One-year change:
(Q4 2008 to Q4 2009)
Additional price change to bottom: -0.1%
When they'll hit bottom: 2010:Q1
*(Q1 2010 - Q1 2011)
† Data is for Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
Median home prices are for single-family homes through the third quarter of 2009, the most recent data available, and include sales of bank-owned properties.
Sources: Fiserv and Moody's
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