Double-Digit Price Increases Coming Soon?

Home buyers and sellers need to get ready to pounce. Hard-hit housing markets are on the road to recovery and expected to see major price gains soon.

Some of the hardest-hit markets during the housing crisis — plagued by soaring foreclosures and plummeting home prices — are expected to post some of the biggest gains through 2013, according to a report released this week by Fiserv.

"Some markets may have overshot to the downside, and people are jumping in to try to catch the bottom," says David Stiff, Fiserv’s chief economist. Fiserv recently projected that nationwide housing prices will gain 4 percent a year over the next five years.

The areas projected to have the largest price gains, according to Fiserv:

1. Madera, Calif

Projected price increase by the end of 2013: 21.5 percent

2. Medford, Ore.

Projected price increase: 20.1 percent

3. Yuma, Ariz.

Projected price increase: 16.7 percent

4. Corvallis, Ore.

Projected price increase: 11.4 percent

Source: “10 Housing Markets Set for Double-Digit Price Gains,” CNNMoney (May 9, 2012)