After the biggest housing boom and bust in U.S. history, prices of existing homes managed to increase by only 25% over the past 10 years, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The Realtors reported that median home values rose from $137,600 in November 1999 to $172,600 in November 2009 or 25%. At the peak of the market, the median house price hit $230,300 in July 2006.

The latest forecast by NAR economists shows that the median house price will rise 3.6% in 2010 to $178,900, after falling 12.8% in 2009. The economists expect existing home sales will rise 10.8% in 2010 to 5.71 million from 5.15 million in 2009.

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