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Full List: Where To Invest In Housing In 2018


Samantha Sharf ,FORBES STAFFI cover real estate & how technology is shaping the spaces we inhabit. 

No matter if you're a house hunter in search of a place to live or an investor seeking an apartment to rent out for yield, you want to make a smart purchase. To find out where you can do just that in 2018 Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor, which tracks more than 300 U.S. housing markets. Below you'll find 20 markets where population, jobs and home prices are growing. A meteoric rise in home values is not guaranteed for every city on this list, but these are the markets where you are most likely to get a decent return on your investment without outsized risk. 

Methodology and trends.


1. Orlando, Fla.

Average home price: $247,550

3-year population growth: 7.6%

2-year job growth: 7.1%

1-year home price growth: 9%

3-year price growth forecast: 35%


2. Provo-Orem, Utah

Average home price: $266,169

3-year population growth: 7.2%

2-year job growth: 6.7%

1-year home price growth: 10%

3-year price growth forecast: 31%

3. Jacksonville, Fla.

Average home price: $247,809

3-year population growth: 5.9%

2-year job growth: 6.1%

1-year home price growth: 8%

3-year price growth forecast: 20%

4. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

Average home price: $274,980

3-year population growth: 4.9%

2-year job growth: 5.8%

1-year home price growth: 8%

3-year price growth forecast: 26%

Homes are undervalued by 3% compared to the historic ratio of price and local income.


5. Ogden-Clearfield, Utah

Average home price: $246,251

3-year population growth: 5.1%

2-year job growth: 5.7%

1-year home price growth: 10%

3-year price growth forecast: 29%

6. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Average home price: $277,842

3-year population growth: 6.1%

2-year job growth: 5.5%

1-year home price growth: 10%

3-year price growth forecast: 27%

7. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Ga.

Average home price: $234,249

3-year population growth: 4.9%

2-year job growth: 5.1%

1-year home price growth: 8%

3-year price growth forecast: 24%

Homes are undervalued by 7% compared to the historic ratio of price and local income.

8. Springfield, Mo.

Average home price: $154,557

3-year population growth: 2.3%

2-year job growth: 5.1%

1-year home price growth: 5%

3-year price growth forecast: 14%

Homes are undervalued by 17% compared to the historic ratio of price and local income.

9. Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas

Average home price: $235,398

3-year population growth: 5.6%

2-year job growth: 5.0%

1-year home price growth: 11%

3-year price growth forecast: 26%

10. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif.

Average home price: $327,073

3-year population growth: 3.7%

2-year job growth: 4.8%

1-year home price growth: 10%

3-year price growth forecast: 33%

11. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich.

Average home price: $188,297

3-year population growth: 2.8%

2-year job growth: 4.7%

1-year home price growth: 10%

3-year price growth forecast: 25%

Homes are undervalued by 7% compared to the historic ratio of price and local income.

12. San Antonio, Texas

Average home price: $232,025

3-year population growth: 6.5%

2-year job growth: 4.6%

1-year home price growth: 7%

3-year price growth forecast: 20%

13. Boston Metropolitan Area

Average home price: $403,542

3-year population growth: 2.2%

2-year job growth: 4.5%

1-year home price growth: 8%

3-year price growth forecast: 18%

14. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.-Mo.

Average home price: $197,952

3-year population growth: 6.5%

2-year job growth: 4.4%

1-year home price growth: 8%

3-year price growth forecast: 31%

Homes are undervalued by 24% compared to the historic ratio of price and local income.

15. Augusta-Richmond County, Ga.-S.C.

Average home price: $185,172

3-year population growth: 2.6%

2-year job growth: 4.1%

1-year home price growth: 6%

3-year price growth forecast: 16%

Homes are undervalued by 15% compared to the historic ratio of price and local income.

16. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, N.C.-S.C.

Average home price: $260,473

3-year population growth: 6.0%

2-year job growth: 4.0%

1-year home price growth: 9%

3-year price growth forecast: 22%

17. Washington Metropolitan Area

Average home price: $393,816

3-year population growth: 3.0%

2-year job growth: 3.9%

1-year home price growth: 5%

3-year price growth forecast: 11%

18. Minneapolis Metropolitan Area

Average home price: $257,817

3-year population growth: 2.7%

2-year job growth: 3.9%

1-year home price growth: 8%

3-year price growth forecast: 21%

19. Des Moines, Iowa

Average home price: $197,675

3-year population growth: 5.8%

2-year job growth: 3.6%

1-year home price growth: 6%

3-year price growth forecast: 17%

Homes are undervalued by 10% compared to the historic ratio of price and local income.

20. Columbus, Ohio

Average home price: $229,776

3-year population growth: 3.6%

2-year job growth: 3.1%

1-year home price growth: 8%

3-year price growth forecast: 21%

Homes are undervalued by 13% compared to the historic ratio of price and local income.

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