Looking for the healthiest housing markets in America? Chances are you won't find them in the red-hot California and Florida metros that made headlines this year with bidding wars, inventory droughts, "flash" sales and soaring prices. You'll find more consistent appreciation and longer-term gains in places like Tulsa, San Antonio, Sioux City, Pittsburgh, Des Moines, New Orleans, Asheville, Rochester and Albuquerque. These are some of the 77 "rebound" markets -- most of them in the South and West -- that as of August have managed to regain the highest values they reached at the crest of the housing boom seven years ago and more, according to the monthly Homes.com Rebound Report. An additional 143 markets out of 300 markets studied have regained more than half the value they lost since their prices peaked. Nation still has a ways to go By contrast, the nation's homes as a whole still have a long way to go to regain the value lost since 2006. For example, from April 2006 to September 2013, CoreLogic's national Home Price Index is down 17.4 percent. Homes.com's Rebound Report has helped to identify rebound markets, which are often missed by housing market reports that track only the largest markets. "The research was designed to give the consumer a greater awareness of not just what's happening nationally or the top metros but to dig a little deeper, to give people an indication of where there are some opportunities to get into the market," says Brock MacLean, executive vice president of Homes.com. Smaller boom, smaller bust The rebound research describes a dramatically different recovery, according to Dr. Hank Fishkind, an economist with Fishkind & Associates in Florida, who is familiar with the data. "The central part of the country did not have nearly the decline from peak to trough that occurred in Florida, California, Arizona, so they started the recovery from a much better base. Then they have improved significantly from that base. There is economic strength that is driving these markets from a fundamentally stronger base compared to the speculative demand that was driving markets in California and elsewhere." Because their prices didn't fall as much during the Great Recession, the rebounding markets didn't suffer as many foreclosures, Dr. Fishkind says."There were a far smaller percentage of those properties where mortgages were above their appraised value."