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Home values: 5 best markets for Q1 2016

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1. Rockford, Illinois

2016 Q1 median home price: $95,800

Up: 21.9%

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Source: NAR, comparing Q1 2016 with Q1 2015


2. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pennsylvania

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2016 Q1 median home price: 77,500

Up: 20.5%

Source: NAR, comparing Q1 2016 with Q1 2015


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3. Port St. Lucie, Florida

2016 Q1 median home price: $195,000

Up: 18.2%

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Source: NAR, comparing Q1 2016 with Q1 2015


Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, Washington | Harald Sund/Stockbyte/GettyImages

4. Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, Washington

2016 Q1 median home price: $211,200

Up: 16.7%

Source: NAR, comparing Q1 2016 with Q1 2015


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5. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida

2016 Q1 median home price: $169,000

Up: 16.4%

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Source: NAR, comparing Q1 2016 with Q1 2015

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