We're Phil, not Gus
What is a bit more interesting is that local real estate prices rose the fastest over the quarter among all large metros in their benchmarking. See page 29 in the link above for that, but you will have to do the ranking yourself. So we are now doing a lot better than the few places whose real estate prices were holding out along with us for some time; places like Houston and Dallas. Houston looks like it actually had a quarter over quarter price decline, and Dallas' was positive at all of +0.06%. That makes this a noteworthy story, or at least a change from most of the previous stories.
Probably related to another story unnoticed from a few weeks ago. Credit scroing company Experian has some metro benchmarking of debt and expenses. See: Pittsburgh has lowest monthly payments in the country. Same story on costs for the most part... plus that old Scotch-Irish frugality I am sure some will argue.