Seeking value? Think small metros

Survey: Home-buying risk assessed in 100 U.S. regions

For the past 25 years, Mike Ela has been a numbers plumber for the housing industry.

He accumulates, analyzes and distributes U.S. property information, pulling from one source to help define and explain another statistic or trend. He has designed tools that determine home values, enabling potential buyers to take a more focused look at specific cities and neighborhoods.