Rising home prices in Greenville, Winterville and Pitt County North Carolina are often seen as a sign that the housing market is healthy and doing well. But, according to Trulia's latest Price and Rent Monitor, just because an area is experiencing sharp price increases doesn't mean it's fully recovered. For example, the five metropolitan areas that have seen the largest price gains over the past year, are all significantly below normal levels when looking at construction activity and building permits, especially in Greenville. On the other hand, metro areas that didn't suffer large price declines during the recession – and, therefore, have had relatively small price increases since – are experiencing a residential construction boom. The takeaway, according to Trulia's chief economist Jed Kolko, is that the housing recovery is going to require more than just increasing home values before it's truly rebounded from the financial crisis. While the overall trend is positive, the particulars of each local market require a deeper look. Also in the report, home prices experienced their smallest year-over-year increase in 11 months, though they're up 2.8 percent quarter-over-quarter.
Gail Hanlon is an Agent with Pirate Homes and Realty