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Metro: Wilmington, Del.-Md.-N.J.
What a Home Will Be Worth in 2012: $205,665
Q4 2008 price: $245,000
Projected price change by MSA: -16.1%
Projected price change by state: -14.9%
Home prices in Wilmington are expected to fall steeply through 2010 before rising slightly starting in 2011. The state's largest city is home to many of the nation's credit-card companies. The area draws corporations, not only because it's located midway between New York and D.C. on the Amtrak train line, but because of its pro-business finance laws and business-friendly courts. The metro area also has museums, wineries, historic architecture, and gardens.