The Inland Empire, which was hard-hit during the housing crash, was third out of the top 10 metro areas in the country for year-over-year asking price increases in 2013, a Trulia chart shows.
The harder you fall, the bigger the gain when the market is looking up again. The Riverside and San Bernardino counties rose 25.9 percent year-over-year in December 2013, according to Trulia, a housing website similar to Zillow and Redfin.
The Inland Empire trailed Las Vegas, a 33 percent year-over-year spike, and Sacramento, a 28.2 percent rise. For a list of the rest of the top 10, see Trulia’s chart.
The chart also shows that the Inland Empire experienced a 50 percent drop from the peak of the boom to rock bottom — a pretty steep plunge compared to the rest of California and the country.
It’s taken a few years for the region to recover, but 2013 seemed to signal a big change as prices increased, and not just for the Inland Empire.
The Coachella Valley mirrored the Inland Empire’s gain. In November, prices rose 23.5 percent from the same month a year before, according to DataQuick, a San Diego firm that tracks housing data through public records.
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