WY Home Appreciation Leads the Nation

Washington, D.C. – Wyoming had the nation's second-fastest rate of home appreciation in the fourth quarter of 2006, compared to a year earlier. That's according to the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight. Utah led the nation with a home appreciation rate of more than 17-and-a-half percent. Wyoming came in second with a rate of 14-point-3 percent. Idaho ranked third at 14 percent. Nationwide, the rate of increase in U-S home prices held steady in the fourth quarter. That extended a slowing trend that began earlier last year. Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota ranked lowest for home appreciation.