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Improving property values are allowing homeowners to shake off recent stock-market volatility and keep spending. (Photo: Thinkstock)

(Bloomberg) — In March 2014, Steven and Bernadette Doherty paid $183,000 for a two-bedroom home in Charlotte, North Carolina, $6,000 more than its appraised value. Today, similar houses in the neighborhood are being priced at $300,000 or more.


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