Comparing Jan-April 2012 with Jan-April 2013 data, in the Hickory NC area, 2012 average sold price was approximately, $164,000. 2013 sold prices for the same period is approximately $156,000. That's about a 5% drop year to year.
That said, certain areas are seeing some massive gains in value overall, 20-30% increases year to year. A lot of it will depend on the specific area as well as the type of property.