10 Off-Beat Cities Named Best Places to Retire

10 Off-Beat Cities Named Best Places to Retire
U.S. News & World Report | REALTOR® Mag News | October 22, 2018

Retirees may want to head to Lancaster, Pa. The town earned the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s list of 2019 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. Lancaster’s housing affordability and its residents’ high rank for their happiness, helped it to bump Sarasota, Fla., from the number one position this year.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated the country’s 100 largest metro areas to see how well they met retirees’ expectations, such as in housing affordability, desirability, health care, and overall happiness. “Deciding where to retire is a big decision,” says Emily Brandon, senior editor for retirement. “The Best Places to Retire offers a way for future retirees to make a more informed decision based on what matters the most to them. Whether that be housing affordability, access to quality hospitals, or the desirability of a place in general, the rankings offer a comprehensive list that can point people in the best direction for their needs.”

This year’s top 10 best places to retire are:

  1. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  2. Fort Myers, Florida
  3. Sarasota, Florida
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  6. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  7. Nashville, Tennessee
  8. San Antonio/Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  9. Lakeland, Florida

Source: “100 Best Places to Retire in the USA,” U.S. News & World Report (October 2018); REALTOR® Mag News 102218

Rent No More! 10 U.S. Cities With Huge Increases in Homeownership

Rent No More! 10 U.S. Cities With Huge Increases in Homeownership
Article by Clare Trapasso; realtor.com | November 27, 2017

House 1026It’s time to tune out the chatter, the doom, and certainly the gloom: The American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. Really.

But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to buy a home these days. So what are the stumbling blocks? Stroke-inducing student loan debt. Soaring home and rent prices, and a lack of properties in many markets. And let’s not forget the Great Recession, which set so many would-be buyers back on their heels.

All this has dragged down homeownership rates, which hit 63.9% nationally in the third quarter of the year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s down about five percentage points from their pre-crash high in 2004.

But wait: There are bright beacons of hope across the nation, places where homeownership is actually on the rise.

The data team at realtor.com® set out to find those metros where homeownership rates are growing the fastest. In the process, we discovered a few trends. Ownership is shooting up the most in Rust Belt cities undergoing a resurgence; in smaller cities close to much bigger and pricier metros, where commuters can snag a home for less; and in fast-growing Southern hubs that are continuing to experience booming job markets.

Bonus: More than half of the metros on our list boast median prices well under the national median of $274,492.

“Affordability is a strong draw to these areas,” says Danielle Hale, chief economist at realtor.com®. A lot of these cities are on the outskirts of big cities where folks can snag an abode for less and then commute downtown for work, she adds.

However, interested buyers had better move fast—all this demand is steadily pushing home prices skyward.

To come up with our findings, the data team analyzed Census data comparing the homeownership rates in the first three-quarters of 2014 to the first three-quarters of 2017. The Census data only included 75 of the largest metros (with some cities moving on or off the list over the years, due to population shifts). Home list price data, from realtor.com, dates from Oct. 1.

So where are the most buyers settling into homes of their very own? Get ready for a few surprises…

1. Milwaukee, WI
Median home price: $224,950
Current homeownership rate: 68.7%
Three-year homeownership change: +11%

2. Charlotte, NC
Median home price: $327,050
Current homeownership rate: 62.8%
Three-year homeownership change: +10.5%

3. Memphis, TN
Median home price: $195,050
Current homeownership rate: 61%
Three-year homeownership change: +9.3%

4. Baltimore, MD
Median home price: $300,040
Current homeownership rate: 68.4%
Three-year homeownership change: +7.3%

5. Allentown, PA
Median home price: $225,050
Current homeownership rate: 74.8%
Three-year homeownership change: +7.3%

6. Pittsburgh
Median home price: $174,950
Current homeownership rate: 74%
Three-year homeownership change: +7.2%

7. Albuquerque, NM
Median home price: $239,950
Current homeownership rate: 66%
Three-year homeownership change: +5.7%

8. Nashville, TN
Median home price: $359,050
Current homeownership rate: 68.8%
Three-year homeownership change: +4.9%

9. Dallas, TX
Median home price: $339,950
Current homeownership rate: 60.7%
Three-year homeownership change: +4.8%

10. Syracuse, NY
Median home price: $149,950
Current homeownership rate: 66.5%
Three-year homeownership change: +4.6%

Read the complete article at realtor.com
Clare Trapasso is the senior news editor of realtor.com and an adjunct journalism professor. She previously wrote for a Financial Times publication and the New York Daily News. Contact her at clare.trapasso@move.com. Follow @claretrap


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The Housing Hot List for October

The Housing Hot List for October
realtor.com    article by Daily Real Estate News | October 30, 2017

Nashville Union Station HotelListing prices for residential homes remained near record highs in October, according to a preliminary analysis by realtor.com®. The median list price nationwide was $274,000, near the $275,000 record set in June.

One point of relief for “market-fatigued buyers” who’ve faced low inventories for the past few years is that supplies of new listings are up slightly from a year ago, says Danielle Hale, realtor.com®’s chief economist. By the end of October, about 420,000 new listings will have hit the market over the entire month, realtor.com® predicts.

Some housing markets are more lively than others, with California continuing to see some of the most activity. Realtor.com® released its “hottest market” list for October, which is based on how quickly homes are selling and the amount of clicks cities receive on listings at realtor.com®.

The top 20 performing markets in October are:

  1. San Jose, California
  2. Vallejo, California
  3. San Francisco, California
  4. San Diego, California
  5. Boston, Massachusetts
  6. Stockton, California
  7. Sacramento, California
  8. Detroit, Michigan
  9. Denver, Colorado
  10. Modesto, California
  11. Columbus, Ohio
  12. Fresno, California
  13. Dallas, Texas
  14. Nashville, Tennessee
  15. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  16. Midland, Texas
  17. Rochester, New York
  18. Oxnard, California
  19. Santa Cruz, California
  20. Janesville, Wisconsin

Source: “Tight Inventory Drives High Prices, Quick Sales in the Nation’s Hottest Markets,” realtor.com® (Oct. 27, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 103017


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10 Cities That Have Changed the Most

10 Cities That Have Changed the Most
Article by Daily Real Estate News | October 23, 2017

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The city of Austin, Texas, has been named the “most changed” in the country over the last decade, with the most dynamic transformations to its housing market, incomes, crime rates, and economy compared to any other large U.S. metro, according to a new analysis by MagnifyMoney, a subsidiary of LendingTree. In fact, several Texas cities topped the list of most evolved economies and housing markets in the last 10 years.

MagnifyMoney analyzed data from 2006 to 2016 for the 50 largest cities, factoring in commute times, incomes, housing prices, crime rates, and building permits, among other items. “Change isn’t necessarily a good or bad thing,” MagnifyMoney notes in a report on its findings. “Big growth in commute times and rents can be negative, but they can also be a function of positive developments like job and income growth. Similarly, places without as much change could be more attractive to people working their way up the salary ladder or those who are retired and living on fixed incomes, offering more affordable housing and less congestion.”

The following cities topped MagnifyMoney’s list as seeing the most dramatic change over the past 10 years:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  3. Houston, Texas
  4. Nashville, Tennessee
  5. Portland, Oregon
  6. Denver, Colorado
  7. Raleigh, North Carolina
  8. San Antonio, Texas
  9. Charlotte, North Carolina
  10. San Jose, California

Other cities have stayed virtually the same over the past decade, with Birmingham, Ala., being the least changed—falling on the bottom of MagnifyMoney’s list of 50 most changed cities. These metros rounded out the bottom five: Milwaukee (number 49), New Orleans (number 48), Buffalo, N.Y. (number 47), and Indianapolis (number 46).

See if your city ranked at the top or bottom of the “most changed” in the nation.

Source: “This Place Sure Has Changed: Which Cities Have Changed the Most?” MagnifyMoney.com (Oct. 19, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 102317


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The 10 Crowning Markets of the Spring Season

The 10 Crowning Markets of the Spring Season
Article by Daily Real Estate News | April 18, 2017

Which housing markets are emerging as top performers this spring season? Ten X, an online real estate marketplace vendor, factored in pricing, sales, affordability, permit activity, economic and demographic growth, and forward-looking data such as economic and population forecasts, to come up with a list of housing market champs for this spring.

They are listed below, along with year-over-year changes in seasonally adjusted median prices and sales of existing homes:

  1. Tampa, Florida
    Home prices: +13.12%
    Home sales: +7.31%
  2. Dallas, Texas
    Home prices: +10.64%
    Home sales: +2.94%
  3. Columbus, Ohio
    Home prices: +9.60%
    Home sales: +6.62%
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada
    Home prices: +9.67%
    Home sales: +11.37%
  5. Jacksonville, Florida
    Home prices: +11.86%
    Home sales: +7.27%
  6. Nashville, Tennessee
    Home prices: +9.08%
    Home sales: +10.63%
  7. Raleigh, North Carolina
    Home prices: +8.56%
    Home sales: +7.95%
  8. Orlando, Florida
    Home prices: +7.31%
    Home sales: 7.95%
  9. Portland, Oregon
    Home prices: +11.12%
    Home sales: 9.29%
  10. Salt Lake City, Utah
    Home prices: +8.62%
    Home sales: +11.10%

Source: “The 15 Hottest Housing Markets of Spring ’17,” National Mortgage News (April 17, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 041817

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20 Markets with Strongest Kickoff to 2017

20 Markets with Strongest Kickoff to 2017
realtor.com | January 26, 2017

nashvillesky175x200The time it has taken for homes to sell nationwide in January has decreased at a rate of 4 percent compared to a year ago, despite record-high housing prices, according to realtor.com®’s latest housing report.

“We saw evidence of a stronger-than-normal off season starting last September and October due to pent-up demand and surging interest from first-time buyers,” says realtor.com® chief economist Jonathan Smoke. “The downside to this strong off season is that we have started 2017 with a new low volume of available homes for sale and a new high for prices.”

Listing inventories are down 11 percent in January compared to a year ago. Also, the median list price for the month is an estimated $250,000 — 10 percent higher than January 2015, realtor.com® notes. Nevertheless, “the threat of rates approaching multiyear highs in the months ahead is creating a sense of urgency [among buyers],” Smoke says.

The following are the top-performing markets this month:

  1. San Francisco
  2. San Jose
  3. Vallejo
  4. Dallas
  5. San Diego
  6. Sacramento
  7. Yuba City
  8. Denver
  9. Stockton
  10. Fresno
  11. Oxnard
  12. Columbus
  13. Colorado Springs
  14. Nashville
  15. Detroit
  16. Modesto
  17. Los Angeles
  18. Tampa
  19. Santa Rosa
  20. Fort Wayne

Source: “The 20 Hottest Markets for U.S. Real Estate in January 2017,” realtor.com® (Jan. 26, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 012617

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Target Markets for Investors in 2017

Target Markets for Investors in 2017
Article by Daily Real Estate News | January 18, 2017

nashvilleskyline175x180For prime investment locations, it may be time to look South. Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor, a company that tracks more than 300 housing markets, to uncover the top cities for investors in the new year. The markets that dominate this year’s list reflect two major benefits: affordability and growth.

If you are planning on making an investment, either by buying a home or by buying a rental property, these are really good markets,” says Ingo Winzer, Local Market Monitor CEO. “These are markets where… you are probably going to get a good return and you are not taking an extraordinary risk.”

Dallas topped this year’s list. Home prices there average $233,000, up nearly 4 percent from a year ago. Yet, the city’s housing market is still considered underpriced by 3 percent compared to its historic average. Local Market Monitor predicts home prices in Dallas to increase 31 percent by 2020, due to a boom in job and population growth.

Here are the 15 cities investors could do particularly well in this year, according to the study:

  1. Dallas, TX: 31% (the percentage increase predicted for home prices by 2020)
  2. Jacksonville, FL: 30%
  3. Orlando, FL: 28%
  4. Seattle, WA: 26%
  5. West Palm Beach, FL: 26%
  6. Salt Lake City, UT: 25%
  7. Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL: 25%
  8. Nashville, TN: 24%
  9. Fort Worth, TX: 24%
  10. Grand Rapids, MI: 23%
  11. Sacramento, CA: 22%
  12. Charlotte, NC: 21%
  13. Raleigh, NC: 21%
  14. San Diego, CA: 21%
  15. Las Vegas, NV: 20%

Source: “Best Buy Cities: Where to Invest in Housing in 2017,” Forbes.com (Jan. 10, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 011817

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