PRICED TO MOVE
Home prices have gone through the roof over the past few years, especially in the big cities along the coasts. The cost of buying a home in the United States has risen for 60 straight months, jumping 7.7 percent from last year to a median price of $228,400 in February, the National Association of Realtors reported last month. But beyond the major urban markets, buyers can still find houses for well below $100,000, according to figures from Zillow, the online real estate database. Hot spots for bargain hunters include small towns in Texas, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee that boast scenic surroundings and friendly neighbors.