According to a recent real-estate market forecast from Veros Real Estate Solutions, 40 percent of major metropolitan areas will see appreciation in home prices over the next year. Veros looked at the median price tier in cities of 500,000 or more and expects a 2.5-to-3.5 percent increase in values between December 2010 and December 2011 in select markets. Eric Fox, Veros’ vice president of statistical and economic modeling, said, though things aren’t happening quickly, they are getting better and, even in depreciating areas, the forecast remains much better than those from a year ago. More here and here.