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Housing prices, on average, have risen over the past year.

The asking price per square foot in the 38 metro areas tracked by brokerage Movoto increased an average 12% in the 12 months through March. That's just an average, though; eight of the markets are cheaper now.

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The three below are also forecast to have gains over the next year above the 4% national average projected by Fiserv.

Greatest decline in listing price per square foot

Chicago: Declined 15% last year, forecast to increase 6% next year
Charleston, S.C.: Declined 4% last year, forecast to increase 5% next year
New Orleans: Declined 3% last year, forecast to increase 7% next year

Notes: Sales data is of 38 metro areas, and price is per square foot. Data is year over year ending in March. Sources: Movoto for sales; Fiserv forecast
  @Money - Last updated May 21 2013 05:07 PM ET
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