Keeping Track: home values

New England leads in appreciation amid slow growth

Compiled by staff

Buyers and sellers of homes have been keeping a close eye on the real-estate sections of their local newspapers. And many who also watch the stock market have no doubt wondered whether - and when - home prices might slow their ascent and get in step with a still-sluggish economy.

That slowing may have begun. Growth in home values nationwide grew at an annualized rate of 6.9 percent in the second quarter of 2001, according to mortgage giant Freddie Mac. That's down from 9.2 percent for the first quarter.

New England had the strongest second quarter, at 9.9 percent. Here's a look at how regions fared over the past 12 months through June:

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