Some of the states hit hardest by the housing crash are seeing double-digit gains.
Prices in all major metro markets increased in 2012.
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The monthly cost of owning a median-priced home (including taxes and insurance) is lower than the average cost to rent in 12 metro areas, according to a Wall Street Journal survey. In 15 of the 27 cities surveyed, it is still less expensive to rent, but the scale has been tipping in favor of homeownership.