While I will agree with Dunes that you need to do your research and be informed, I will also reiterate that ALL real estate is local, unlike most of the articles that you read. Even many of our "local" articles int he Blade are actually taken from the NY Times, Reuters, AP, and other national or large market papers. These articles tend to make large generalizations in the market, which may or may not apply to your area. Be informed, but be cautious about believing everything that you read. I will tell you that there were more homes sold in the city of Toledo in January and February of this year versus January and February last year (+22 Jan./ +48 Feb.). That being said, I will also acknowledge that the average sales prices were down, mostly due to foreclosures and short sales. Hopefully this helps you begin to understand what is going on locally. I think that by time you do move back into the area, prices will have stabilized. Keeping track of the numbers between now and then might be helpful to you, I'd be glad to send you regular updates of activity in the area, just let me know if that would be helpful to you!