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Many housing markets around the country continue to hobble along, still wounded by the sustained economic malaise in the United States.
But there are some bright spots to cheer up an otherwise bleak outlook for the market going into 2012.
According to an analysis of third quarter data by Realtor.com, markets that suffered the most from the foreclosure epidemic over the past several years are now leading the nation toward a general recovery and more stability in the housing sector.
Here's a look at 10 turnaround towns with improving housing markets:
Next: 1. Miami, Fla.