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It used to be that the harder hit a city was by the housing crisis, the less likely it was to make a quick and speedy recovery.
But as we've seen over the past several months, some of the most battered housing markets--Phoenix, Miami, Las Vegas--have seen monumental improvement and are now leading a broader recovery in the housing market.
Here's a look at the top 10 most improved local housing markets:
Next: Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz.