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Where housing hasn’t hit bottom yet — and probably won’t all year

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We've been hearing lots of good news about the housing market lately. Nationally, we hit a bottom in October 2011, Zillow says, and home values ended 2012 up another 5.9 percent over year-end 2011. The current national median is $158,100.

Of 260 metro areas, 239 have already hit bottom and are climbing out. But that still leaves 21 metro areas that haven't seen their low point yet.

And Zillow predicts that nine of those areas aren't going to hit bottom anytime this year.

Whether that's bad news is somewhat a matter of perspective: If you're a prospective home buyer in one of these markets, there's a very good chance that you have time to get a property for the cheapest it's been in years (or will be again). But homeowners in those areas who are underwater and/or hoping to sell are likely to continue suffering for some time.

Below are the nine metropolitan areas that Zillow doesn't expect to hit bottom before 2014.

This 3-bedroom, 3-bath home in Hartford is listed at $201,900, about $5,000 below the area median. Click the photo …

9. Hartford, Connecticut
Metro-area median: $206,800
Forecast through Jan. 2014: -0.3%, for a projected median of $206,282
Projected median: $206,282

Home values in the Hartford metro area are already down 18.2% from the market's 2006 peak, $252,800.

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This Asheville home is listed $160,000, just under the area's median. Click the photo to see more images and d …

8. Asheville, North Carolina
Metro-area median: $160,100
Forecast through Jan. 2014: -0.9%, for a projected median of $158,716

Home values in the Asheville metro area are already down 15.6% from the market's 2008 peak, $189,600.

Click here to see homes for sale in Asheville.

This Pittsfield home is on the market for $182,500, just below the area median. Click the picture to see details …

7. Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Metro-area median: $183,200
Forecast through Jan. 2014: -0.9%, for a projected median of $181,589

Home values in the Pittsfield metro area are already down 15.7% from the market's 2008 peak, $217,200.

Click here to see homes for sale in Pittsfield.

This 3-bedroom, 3-bath Wilmington home is listed at $165,000, a bit below the area median. Click the photo for …

6. Wilmington, North Carolina
Metro-area median: $165,800
Forecast through Jan. 2014: -1.6%, for a projected median of $163,154

Home values in the Wilmington metro area are already down 34% from the market's 2008 peak, $251,300.

Click here to see homes for sale in Wilmington.

This Stamford home is listed at $350,000, about $2,000 below the area median. Click the photo for details and more …

5. Stamford, Connecticut
Metro-area median: $352,200
Forecast through Jan. 2014: -1.7%, for a projected median of $346,329

Home values in the Stamford area are already down 27.1% from the market's 2006 peak, $483,200.

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This Manchester ranch is listed at $181,000, more than $4,000 below the area median. Click the photo to see details …

4. Manchester, New Hampshire
Metro-area median: $185,200
Forecast through Jan. 2014: -1.8%, for a projected median of $181,781

Home values in the Manchester area are already down 29.3% from the market's 2005 peak, $262,000.

Click here to see homes for sale in Manchester.

This new Bremerton home is listed at $229,950, just under the area median. Click the photo to see details and more …

3. Bremerton, Washington
Metro-area median: $230,400
Forecast through Jan. 2014: -2.1%, for a projected median of $225,615

Home values in the Bremerton area are already down 26.5% from the market's 2007 peak, $313,600.

Click here to see homes for sale in Bremerton.

This century-old New London two-story is listed at $199,997, about $4,000 above the area median. Click the photo …

2. New London, Connecticut
Metro-area median: $196,100
Forecast through Jan. 2014: -2.9%, for a projected median of $190,351

Home values in the New London area are already down 26.6% from the market's 2006 peak, $267,000.

Click here to see homes for sale in New London.

This Salisbury 4-bedroom is listed at $119,900, $2,000 above the area median. Click the photo to see details and …

1. Salisbury, Maryland
Metro-area median: $117,900
Forecast through Jan. 2014: -3.3%, for a projected median of $114,061

Home values in the Salisbury area are already down 30% from the market's 2007 peak, $168,500.

Click here to see homes for sale in Salisbury.

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