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According to research at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Florida International University (FIU), the housing market appears to be slowing in the western U.S. while the eastern U.S. is seeing price increases.

The study indicates that 98 of the top 100 housing market are seeing high home values, and Florida markets like Lakeland and Tampa are seeing overvaluations on homes.

These latest results suggest that the long-anticipated housing downturn is already beginning in the Western half of the U.S… This is not totally surprising because it is in the West where the greatest separation between actual housing prices and projected housing prices has occurred to this point.

Ken H. Johnson, Florida Atlantic University

Why varying results are developing between housing markets in the West and East is unclear at this time.

Eli Beracha, Florida International University

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