Looking to invest in real estate? Consider heading to Orlando, which tops Forbes’ list of best U.S. housing markets for 2019. The average home value is expected to grow a whopping 35 percent within the next three years. Talk about a bang for your buck!
According to real estate website Trulia, median home prices in Sacramento have dropped only a modest 3 percent over the past year, while the average price per square foot for this same period rose. If you're planning to invest in a sunny California abode, though, purchase sooner rather than later—it will only rise from here!
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Raleigh-Durham wins across the board, reporting steady increases in population, jobs, and home prices (the three-year growth forecast rings in at an impressive 26 percent). The Southern city is ideal for families with college-aged children, because 11 traditional universities—including North Carolina State University and Meredith College—are located here.
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Recognized as a "hot" real estate market by both the Home Buying Institute and Zillow, Ogden home values have increased as much as 20 percent over the past year in a time where the nationwide median rose only by 7.2 percent. Residents enjoy easy access to the Wasatch Mountains, which offer plenty of outdoor activities and natural beauty.
Fort Worth, Texas
Rising property prices signal a seller’s market in Fort Worth, so those purchasing homes will have a healthy investment on their hands. Given the stiff competition, though, be prepared to prove that you're a rock-solid buyer and expect to make several offers.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Back in 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development commented on the strong economic growth in this Michigan city. Fortunately, the trend has continued, indicating that homes in Grand Rapids are a solid investment for potential buyers.
If you want to live surrounded by culture and history, start house-hunting in Boston; Trulia says the median home sale price is steadily rising. Residents of Boston enjoy many other perks as well, including delicious cuisine, excellent health care, and booming business.
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According to the Star Tribune, hordes of people are seeking housing in affordable areas of the Twin Cities, catapulting prices beyond the reach of many first-time home buyers. Nevertheless, you can still find budget-friendly gems in coveted neighborhoods like Richfield.
As the hometown of The Ohio State University, Columbus has been enjoying a super-strong job market since 2010, which has contributed to the city's booming real estate trend. Potential buyers should know, however, that there's a shortage of available houses in Columbus, so you'll likely need to pay more than the asking price for a property.
Not only does Jacksonville top the real estate charts, its residents also have a superb quality of life. According to U.S. News & World Report, the city ranks among the top 50 places to live in the country. It’s also the 23rd best place in the United States for retirement.
The housing market is constantly in flux, but Nashville remains in the top 10 real estate destinations nationwide. The reasons: Nashville’s youth surge, low cost of business, and disposable income rate, which is projected to be 40 percent higher than the national average over the next five years.
With average temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, Atlanta is a pleasant city filled with trees, waterways, and mountain views. It also draws many young professionals, thanks to its cultural diversity and reasonable cost of living.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sin City ranks number seven on Realestate.com’s list of top housing markets for 2019—one of only two metro locations named. High demand has driven up housing prices, so look carefully at climate, job opportunities, and overall livability before investing in a home. To minimize risk, research long-term market trends rather than relying on yearly projections.
San Antonio, Texas
Why buy a home in San Antonio? It’s the perfect place for young professionals and retirees alike! While in 2019 another Texas city (Austin) grabbed the top spot on U.S. News and World Report’s list of best place to live, San Antonio has the advantages of excellent medical facilities and nearby nature and wildlife.
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