Median annual home prices, when adjusted to 2011 dollars, show a slow, mostly steady rise for 30 years. The housing bubble creates a steep rise in values and an even steeper descent, sending the value back down to a price last seen in 1990. Read related story

Sources: National Association of Realtors, Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller, CoreLogic | The Washington Post March 27, 2012
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