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The 15 Best Housing Markets for the Next Five Years

Napa, California

Google MapsAnnualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017: 8.0 percent

Home prices in Napa have plunged 50.1 percent since they peaked in Q1 2006, and the city has a median home price of $342,000.

Napa has a population of 138,088, an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent, and a median family income of $77,700 above the national median.

Ocala, Florida

Annualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017: 8.0 percent

Home prices in Ocala are down 49.1 percent from their Q3 2006 peak.

But Ocala has a high unemployment rate of 10.1 percent, a median family income of $44,600, well below the national median of $62,900, and a median home price of $105,000.


Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California


Wikimedia CommonsAnnualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017: 8.4 percent

The Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta metro area has a population of 426,878, a median family income of $69,000, and an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent.

Home prices are down 52 percent from their Q3 2006 peak, and the metro has a median home price of $290,000.


Sebastian-Vero Beach, Florida


Google MapsAnnualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017: 8.7 percent

Sebastian-Vero Beach home prices have fallen 50.9 percent since their Q4 2005 peak.

The metro has an unemployment rate of 10.6 percent, and a median family income of $58,600, while the median cost of a home is $150,000.


Madera-Chowchilla, California


Google MapsAnnualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017: 8.8 percent

Home prices in the Madera-Chowchilla metro area have fallen 54 percent since their peak in the third quarter of 2006.

At 14.2 percent, the unemployment rate is much higher than the national average of 8.1. The metro has a population of 152,925 and a low median family income of $52,700.


Santa Fe, New Mexico


Wikimedia CommonsAnnualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017: 8.9 percent

Santa Fe's home prices have fallen 21.7 percent from their Q4 2007 peak. The city has a population of 145,648, an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent below the national average, and a median household income of $59,600, below the national median of $62,900.



Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, Florida


Wikimedia CommonsAnnualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017: 9.5 percent

Home prices in the Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach metro area have fallen 45.3 percent since their Q1 2006 peak. It now has a median home price of $137,000.

The metro has a population of 169,856, an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent, and a median family income of $56,300.


Medford, Oregon


Bailey Weaver / FlickrAnnualized expected growth from 2012 - 2017: 11.2 percent

Medford's home prices have fallen 39.8 percent since their peak in Q2 2006. The metro has a population of 204,822 and median family income of $49,600.

At 10.8 percent Medford's unemployment rate is higher than the national average.



Data provided by Fiserv Case-Shiller Indexes

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