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December 12, 2019 – Two different companies, The National Association of Realtors®  (NAR), and, have each identified markets expected to outperform in the coming years. The lists are quite different, with’s concentrating more on smaller markets.

Both sources believe that affordability and strong local economies are key to markets with strong prospects for the future. Note that very few of these cities are on the coasts, although the overwhelming majority are in warm weather climes.

In alphabetical order, here are the top 10 the NAR expects to outperform over the next three to five years.:

However, don’t stop with just the NAR report. jumped into the topic with its own list. Here are the “hottest” real estate markets they predict for 2020, along with median home prices. Note: many of these are smaller markets. The only overlap we see in the top 10 are Charleston and Colorado Springs.

1Boise, Idaho$295,000
2McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas$152,000
3Tucson, Ariz.$230,000
4Chattanooga, Tenn.$189,000
5Columbia, S.C.$178,000
6Rochester, N.Y.$149,000
7Colorado Springs, Colo.$312,000
8Winston-Salem, N.C.$169,000
9Charleston-North Charleston, S.C.$270,000
10Memphis, Tenn.$188,000

The NAR offered additional explanation on its choices for hottest markets:

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State: New Jersey


What it's Like to Retire in Orange Park - Fleming Island

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State: Florida


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State: ITALY


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State: Ohio


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