The Enquirer’s research found that:
1. Between 2000 and 2005, equity in real estate turned out to be a surefire investment. In Greater Cincinnati, the average resale price of a single-family home rose 20 percent during that span to $191,225 from $159,125. In Northern Kentucky, the average price rose to $154,438, from $134,132, up 15 percent.
2. The mishmash of winners and losers produced a 5.9 percent drop in average resale prices in Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties and a 1 percent gain in Northern Kentucky in 2006. For homeowners on the Ohio side, it was the first decline in home sale prices in more than 15 years.