Real Estate (Top Ten Cities in U.S.A) Shared Report Done In August 2018
1. Boulder, CO
buyers have not been disappointed by the performance of the Boulder
housing market. According to our data, the average home has grown 276%
in value over the past 25 years. Over that same time period, we estimate
there was almost a 0% chance that a homeowner saw a significant decline
in home value 10 years from the purchase date. That makes Boulder one
of the most stable housing markets in the nation. It’s also a major
reason why Boulder tops this ranking for the fourth straight year.
2. Austin-Round Rock, TX
Rock, Texas is another metro area that has seen stunning housing market
growth over the past few decades. According to our research, if you had
bought a home 25 years ago in Austin, on average you would have seen it
appreciate in value by 243%. To put that into dollar terms, a home you
bought in 1993 for $100,000 would be worth $243,000 today. Austin-Round
Rock was also a dependable housing market. This metro area came in tied
for first with the lowest chance of a significant price decline.
3. Bismarck, ND
in just behind Austin-Round Rock and Boulder is Bismarck, North Dakota.
Like the previous cities, your odds of taking a loss on a home in
Bismarck were remote. Our data shows there were zero quarters of
significant price decline over any 10-year period from 1993 to 2017.
Home values have also increased greatly in the area. We estimate that
from from 1993 to 2017, the average value of a home grew by 224%.
4. Fort Collins, CO
Collins is the second of three Colorado cities to find a spot in the
top 10. Investing in Fort Collins real estate was slightly riskier than
any of the top three cities on this list. We estimate there was a 4%
chance that a homeowner could have suffered a significant decline in the
value of their home. But with that extra risk, Fort Collins also
offered investors potentially higher returns. Fort Collins ranks second
for average growth in home value over the period we analyzed.
5. Midland, TX
in Western Texas, takes fifth. This metro has one of the lowest
unemployment rates in the country, a sign of a strong local economy that
can support a strong local housing market. Over the period we analyzed,
Midland had a top-ranking score in chance of a significant price
decline (meaning there’s a low chance that prices decline). It also had
some of the highest growth figures. And while growth of 214% is
impressive, if Midland wants to catch up to the other top cities, it
will need to bump that figure up even higher.
6. Casper, WY
has two metro areas in this top 10. Up first is Casper. This metro area
saw stunning growth in home prices from 1993 to 2017. Over that time
period the average home increased in value by 233%. However, investing
in the Casper housing market came with some risks. We estimate a 9%
chance of suffering a loss (of at least 5%) in home value over any
10-year period from 1993 to 2017.
7. Grand Forks, ND-MN
Grand Forks, home to one of America’s best hockey towns
comes in seventh. This metro was a safe place to dock a down payment
and buy a home. According to our data, the metro area is tied for first
with a 0% chance of significant decline in home value. Unfortunately,
the overall returns to owning a home here weren’t as high as in other
8. Billings, MT
city cracks the top 10. If you had bought a home here in 1993, odds are
that you would have seen pretty good returns. From then until 2017, the
average home price increased by 178%. While those returns are not as
high as other cities on this list, you could invest here without too
much concern. The odds of finding yourself underwater on your mortgage
were almost nonexistent in Billings, according to data from the Federal
9. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
mentioned, Colorado was a great place to invest in housing in the past.
The third Colorado metro area to crack this top 10 is
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood. This housing market was the riskiest to invest
in among the top 10. According to our data, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood
homeowners had an 18% chance of seeing a significant decline in their
home’s value over any 10-year period (between 1993 and 2017). However,
the area also had some of the most upside. Over the whole 25 years we
analyzed, the average home price increased by 256%.
10. Cheyenne, WY
rounds out our top 10. This was another metro area where your home
investment was safe from wild price fluctuations. The metro saw no
significant declines in home value over any 10-year period. Cheyenne
fell just short of the cities ranked above it due to returns that were
closer to the 25-year average. From 1993 to 2017, the median home
increased in value by 171%.