Top Real Estate Markets for 2017: The West Leads the Way

We’ve predicted a slight slowdown for the U.S. real estate market next year, but the® economic team is forecasting that most of the nation’s hottest markets are going to keep blazing in 2017. And where will it be hottest? Head west! According to our forecasts, the western U.S. will continue to lead the nation in prices and sales.

“The top 10 markets all benefit from strong growth dynamics: population, jobs, and households,” says Jonathan Smoke,’s chief economist, who analyzed the country’s 100 largest metropolitan markets for their growth potential. “They all have low unemployment that’s heading lower, which buoys consumer confidence.”

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