HOUSTON (Dallas Morning News) – The Brookings Institution has named Houston and Dallas–Fort Worth two of the top housing markets in the country.

Houston ranked first and DFW third among metro areas that have been the least affected by falling home prices.

Home prices in DFW were up slightly in first quarter 2009 compared with those in first quarter 2008, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s quarterly House Price Index.

Of the top 100 metro areas, 38 avoided home-price declines over the last year.