It's all relative
Economists and Realtors often point out that our housing market isn't the hardest hit by the downturn, and inevitably California and Florida get mentioned as the "could be worse" examples. Prices are falling faster in communities there.
But frustrated local sellers who think it's the worst of times now have something they can point to, too: Home sales in Maryland fell faster than in any other state from January-March 2007 to January-March of this year.
In the fourth quarter of last year, Maryland's sales decline was seventh-biggest in the nation.