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

The Housing Market’s 50 Hottest Zip Codes

The Housing Market’s 50 Hottest Zip Codes
realtor.com | October 1, 2018

The following is realtor.com®’s rankings of the top 50 hottest ZIP codes for housing in the country.


Source: National Association of REALTORS®

Nationally: Has the Inventory Crunch Begun to Subside?

Nationally: Has the Inventory Crunch Begun to Subside?
National Association of REALTORS® | July 30, 2018

Nashville June2018InventoryContract signings rose in all four major regions across the U.S. last month, a sign that dwindling home sales—which have plagued the market at an unusual time of year this summer—will reverse course in the coming months, the National Association of REALTORS® reports.

NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 0.9 percent month over month in June to a reading of 106.9. “After two straight months of declines in pending home sales, home shoppers in a majority of markets had a little more success finding a home to buy last month,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “The positive forces of faster economic growth and steady hiring are being met by the negative forces of higher home prices and mortgage rates. Even with slightly more homeowners putting their home on the market, inventory is still subpar and not meeting demand. As a result, affordability constraints are pricing out some would-be buyers and keeping overall sales activity below last year’s pace.”

Despite last month’s rise, contract signings are still down 2.5 percent compared to a year ago, NAR reports. Nevertheless, Yun says the worst of the supply crunch may now have passed. In June, existing inventory was up slightly on an annual basis, marking the first increase in three years. Several large metros saw year-over-year surges in inventory levels last month:

  • Portland, Oregon.: +24 percent
  • Providence, Rhode Island: +20 percent
  • Seattle, Washington: +19 percent
  • Nashville, Tennessee: +17 percent
  • San Jose, California: +15 percent

“Home price growth remains swift, and listings are still going under contract at a robust pace in most of the country, which indicates that even with rising inventory in many markets, demand still significantly outpaces what’s available for sale,” Yun says. “However, if this trend of increasing supply continues in the months ahead, prospective buyers will hopefully begin to see more choices and softer price growth.”

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine 073018

The Best Housing Markets for Home Flippers

The Best Housing Markets for Home Flippers
realtor.com   article by Daily Real Estate News | May 23, 2018

East Nashville 37206House flipping activity surged to an 11-year high this year, with more than 207,000 homes flipped, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data firm. But the key is knowing where to be and when. “The sweet spot for successful home flipping is finding the neighborhoods just emerging as the next hot neighborhoods in a city,” says Daren Blomquist, a senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. The firm says the average profit for a housing flip in 2017 was $68,100.

Realtor.com® ranked the 200 largest metros according to the share of all home sales categorized as a flip (defined as any type of home that is bought and resold within a three- to 12-month period). Researchers limited their rankings to two metros per state for geographic diversity and only included markets where the average profit was at least $30,000.

The following are the best housing markets for home flippers, according to realtor.com®:

  1. Nashville, Tennessee
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 4.1%
    Average flip profit: $87,200
  2. Fresno, California
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.5%
    Average flip profit: $53,200
  3. Palm Bay, Florida
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.3%
    Average flip profit: $71,500
  4. North Port, Florida
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.3%
    Average flip profit: $85,300
  5. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.2%
    Average flip profit: $70,000
  6. Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.1%
    Average flip profit: $65,800
  7. Los Angeles, California
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3%
    Average flip profit: $169,400
  8. Lubbock, Texas
    Ratio of flips to all home sales: 2.7%
    Average flip profit: $46,000

Source: “Flip It Good! Top 10 Home-Flipping Hotbeds Where Profits Are Through the Roof,” realtor.com® (May 23, 2018); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 052318

U.S. News Reveals Best Places to Live List

U.S. News Reveals Best Places to Live List
U.S. News & World Report
article by Daily Real Estate News | April 11, 2018

Austin, Texas, ranked number one for the second year in a row as the top place to live in the United States, according to new rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine ranks the 125 largest metros based on affordability, employment prospects, and quality of life each year.

“When deciding on a place to settle down, it’s important to understand that where a person lives can impact their well-being,” says Kim Castro, executive editor at U.S. News. “The top-ranked places are areas where citizens can feel the most fulfilled socially, physically, and financially.”

The top 12 best places to live in 2018 are:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  3. Denver, Colorado
  4. Des Moines, Iowa
  5. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  6. Portland, Oregon
  7. Huntsville, Alabama
  8. Washington, D.C.
  9. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  10. Seattle, Washington
  11. Nashville, Tennessee
  12. Grand Rapids, Michigan

Source: U.S. News & World Report; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 041118

Beautiful Renovated Ranch Just Listed in Kensington Park of Priest Lake

3821Hillshire WPimagesRenovated Ranch in
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MLS 1911684 | Area 8
Kensington Park of Priest Lake
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Built 1986 | .43 Acre | 2,274 s.f.
3 Bed | 2 Bath | 2-Car Garage

Terrific home, renovation and neighborhood. Wonderful floor plan – entry leads to Great Room flowing into Dining Room, Kitchen, Sun Room. All bedrooms and main hallway on right side of home. Outdoor entertaining includes expansive deck, hot tub and above ground pool. Deep 2-car garage. Fenced back yard. A must see! Please view Property MLS Listing Sheet for details.

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Markets with the Most Rapid Home Sales

Markets with the Most Rapid Home Sales
realtor.com   article by Daily Real Estate News | March 13, 2018

House 1034In some markets, homes are selling at record speeds. Realtor.com®’s research team scoured the listing data to find which markets are seeing the quickest sales, based on the median number of days on the market.

The number of days spent on the market is important for sellers and prospective buyers to know, says realtor.com®’s chief economist Danielle Hale.

“That info can give home buyers an idea of how much competition they face, how limited homes are in the market, and how quickly they need to make a decision if they find a home they like,” says Hale. For sellers, it can give them an idea of how long they may have to move elsewhere.

The median number of days on the market nationwide is dropping due to an imbalance in many places in the low supply of homes compared to high demand from buyers.

Out of the nation’s 300 largest metros, realtor.com®’s research team found that the following places saw the lowest number of days on the market for its homes for sale: (Note: realtor.com® limited its ranking to one metro per state for geographic diversity.)

  1. San Jose, CA.: 28.6 (median days on the market)
  2. Seattle, WA: 34.1
  3. Salt Lake City, UT: 38.2
  4. Denver, CO: 39.2
  5. Nashville, TN: 40.6
  6. Portland, OR: 44.3
  7. Boise, ID: 46
  8. Sioux Falls, SD: 46.8
  9. Omaha, NE: 47.2
  10. Minneapolis, MN: 47.3

Visit realtor.com® to find out where homes are lingering on the market the longest.

Source: “Where Homes Are Flying Off the Market—and Where They’re Lingering Longest,” realtor.com® (March 12, 2018); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 031318