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California, Florida and Texas cities account for 13 of the top 20 markets

January 5, 2017 – IRVINE AND SILICON VALLEY, CALIF. –   Ten-X, the nation’s leading online real estate marketplace, today released its Top Single-Family Housing Markets Report for Winter, which ranks the nation’s 50 largest housing markets according to current and forecasted housing fundamentals. Among the 50 largest US markets, the top five (in order) were Orlando, Palm Beach County, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Dallas, each demonstrating a vigorous combination of consistently strong demand, home price appreciation, and economic and demographic growth. ­

Though Florida metros once again dominated the rankings, there was plenty of movement within the top five slots. Orlando jumped from fourth to first to overtake Fort Lauderdale as our hottest market, dropping Fort Lauderdale to third, while Palm Beach County remained unchanged in second. Tampa slipped from third place to fourth while Dallas climbed up to fifth, edging out Las Vegas.

“While most of the cities at the top of the list share common traits like job growth, population growth and economic expansion, many of the cities showing the greatest potential were among those hardest hit during the Great Recession,” said Ten-X Executive Vice President Rick Sharga. “The top 20 cities in our report include many that were devastated during the foreclosure crisis – especially in states like Florida – and as home prices continue to recover, they still represent buying opportunities for homeowners and investors alike.”

Healthy economic and demographic trends are fueling demand throughout much of the Sunshine State, keeping sales elevated and enabling significant price growth. Dallas, for its part, is benefiting from a more diversified economy than most other Texas metros, allowing it to withstand pressures emanating from low oil prices. Las Vegas, still a leader in terms of housing demand, sales and job growth, is now ranked ninth.

“The recovery – and future outlook – continue to be very regional. Like Florida, the Southwest, Coastal California and Pacific Northwest are all showing great promise, while the Midwest and Northeast are still struggling,” Sharga added.

Top Five Markets at a Glance


Market Home Price Growth, Year over Year Home Sales Growth, Year over Year
Orlando, FL 11.2% 0.2%
Palm Beach County, FL 12.1% -0.6%
Fort Lauderdale, FL 8.8% -0.9%
Tampa, FL 10.7% -0.4%
Dallas, TX 9.9% -0.3%


Top Market Highlights


The Orlando housing market continues to make substantial strides in its recovery. Metro employment is up 4.1 percent year-over-year, supported in large part by its booming leisure/hospitality sector that comprises over 21 percent of local employment. Payrolls are at an all-time high some 27 percent above their prior peak. Home prices jumped 4.4 percent this past quarter, eclipsing $200,000 for the first time since 2008. Up 11.2 percent year-over-year, home prices have outpaced US annual growth for 20 straight quarters, with room for additional growth as prices remain 17.3 percent below their prior peak. Population growth has exceeded two percent for four consecutive years, and Orlando’s economic outlook is among the best in the nation.

Palm Beach County

Palm Beach is seeing healthy progress in its housing recovery, though economic growth has markedly decelerated in 2016. Year-over-year employment growth is at 1.5 percent, the lowest annual rate since 2011 and down from the three to five percent growth the metro has enjoyed for most of the recovery. Home sales are at a high level, however, some 24 percent below their bubble peak, indicating plenty of room for further growth. Seasonally adjusted prices are approaching $270,000 and are at their highest level since 2007, though they remain 11.6 percent below their prior peak. This suggests room for further growth. Single-family homes in the metro offer great affordability and are cheaper than local apartment rentals, which should preserve demand for buying and allow for additional price gains. With permit activity still hovering at a low level, overbuilding is far from a concern and Palm Beach’s housing market remains solid.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale’s housing market continues to thrive in its lengthy recovery from the housing bust. With metro employment up 3.4 percent year-over-year, the local manufacturing and transportation/utilities sectors sustained vigorous growth throughout 2016. Leisure/hospitality jobs, a mainstay of the local economy, continue to reach new heights. Home sales are still some 26 percent below their pre-bust peak, largely seeing choppy progress despite contracting this past quarter, and home prices have risen 8.8 percent over the past year to a cyclical high of nearly $245,000. Though annual home price growth has outpaced the US since 2011, prices remain 16.2 percent below their prior peak, leaving additional room for gains. Fort Lauderdale’s population growth doubled that of the US at 1.4 percent in 2015, and continued growth should support the housing market’s ongoing recovery.


Tampa’s housing market is marching ahead on its road to recovery, thanks to an economy that continues to enjoy strong job growth and strengthening demographics. Despite cooling over the past few months, total employment stands 2.6 percent higher than its year-ago level, with job gains in 32 of the past 34 months. Tampa’s largest sector, professional/business services, has seen its explosive growth slow in the past year, though payrolls are up 4.6 percent year-over-year. Home prices reached a cyclical high of almost $180,000 and are up 10.7 percent year-over-year, continuing the torrid pace that has outstripped US annual growth since late 2011. Meanwhile, prices are very affordable in the metro and 12.3 percent below their prior peak, suggesting further room for gains. Accelerating population growth combined with a robust economy should fuel Tampa’s housing market going forward.


Dallas continues to see vigorous growth, notwithstanding the drop in oil prices that are threatening some other Texas metros. Driven largely by the professional/business services sector, payrolls are up 3.8 percent from last year and the city has added jobs in 44 of the last 45 months. Recent job losses in the manufacturing sector have been slight compared to the rest of the state, keeping unemployment at a low 3.6 percent. Single-family prices are up 9.9 percent from a year ago, reaching an all-time high of more than $215,000. Though prices have risen for 19 consecutive quarters and are well above their prior peak, single-family homes remain affordable in the metro, indicating that further price gains are sustainable. Dallas’ population growth in 2015 was almost triple the US average, which bodes well for the future.

“The US economic expansion is continuing despite turbulence abroad,” said Ten-X Chief Economist Peter Muoio. “The labor market in particular remains a bright spot, adding an average of 180,000 jobs per month this year. US home sales have bounced around at a high level throughout 2016 because of tight inventories, resulting in a zig-zag pattern of sales that has persisted. Nonetheless, solid job gains, low unemployment, budding wage growth and low mortgage rates are all contributing to elevated housing demand.”

Market Rankings and Methodology

Sales and pricing activity on the Ten-X platform provide real-time insight into buyer demand and price appetite, particularly among real estate investors. Combining past and current trends with its economic and demographic growth forecasts, Ten-X has ranked the largest 50 metros for performance potential.

The rankings take into account pricing, sales, permit activity and economic growth. Population growth is also considered, but it should be noted that the company utilizes annually compiled Census data. Therefore, any softening in demographics over recent months is not reflected.


Rank Market
1 Orlando
2 Palm Beach County
3 Fort  Lauderdale
4 Tampa
5 Dallas
6 Nashville
7 Portland
8 Jacksonville
9 Las Vegas
10 Columbus
11 Atlanta
12 Phoenix
13 Seattle
14 San Diego
15 Oakland
16 Miami
17 Orange County
18 Riverside
19 Sacramento
20 Austin
21 Denver
22 Charlotte
23 Salt Lake City
24 Raleigh
25 San Jose
26 San Antonio
27 Fort Worth
28 Indianapolis
29 Boston
30 DC
31 Minneapolis
32 Los Angeles
33 San Francisco
34 Detroit
35 Cincinnati
36 Kansas City
37 Northern Virginia
38 St. Louis
39 Houston
40 Milwaukee
41 Suburban Maryland
42 Long Island
43 Philadelphia
44 Cleveland
45 Chicago
46 Northern New Jersey
47 Pittsburgh
48 Baltimore
49 Central New Jersey
50 Memphis


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