Commercial real estate prices are on the rise again in New England, but community bankers remain gun-shy about getting back into a market that caused them so much grief in the early 1990s.

For banks and thrifts with less than $5 billion of assets, commercial real estate loan volume has remained flat since the end of 1991, with about $18.2 billion on the books last June 30. About $18.6 billion was on the books Dec. 31, 1991.

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