These 20 Cities Are Hot Seller’s Markets, Study Finds

Do you live in one of the best cities for selling your home?

For many Americans, the primary investment they make over the course of their lives is purchasing a home. That’s why it’s so important for most people to get a good price when they do ultimately sell.

new GOBankingRates study found certain cities have especially hot markets for sellers.

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To find the best places to sell a home in the U.S., the study examined the 200 most populous cities in the country and identified the 20 cities ranked as most favorable to sellers, based on Zillow’s Buyer-Seller Index. The study also compiled the average number of days a home was on the market in each city and the median list price.

If you own a house in one of these cities, current conditions would indicate you’re sitting in the cat bird’s seat when it comes time to sell.

Where Are the Best Places to Sell a Home?

One clear takeaway from the study: If you’re looking to sell your home, the best region for doing so is the Southwest by a considerable margin. Of the 20 best places to sell a home, 13 are in California, Texas or Arizona.

The East Coast, meanwhile, is not as well represented — just six Atlantic states finished among the best. But, both coasts are doing considerably better than the middle of the country. No Midwestern communities finished in the top 20.

Here’s a look at the 20 cities that offer the best places in America to sell your home.

CityStateBuyer-Seller IndexDays on MarketMedian List Price
4Jersey CityNJ0.3596$450,000
5Elk GroveCA0.545$415,900
6San AntonioTX0.7164$230,995
12Chula VistaCA152.5$519,900
15Moreno ValleyCA1.1860$317,900
19San DiegoCA1.551$660,000
20Garden GroveCA1.5655$592,500


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Methodology: To determine the best places to sell a home, GOBankingRates analyzed the 200 most populous cities in U.S. using the following factors: Zillow’s Buyer-Seller Index, which accounts for the percentage of homes with a price cut in a given area, the number of days a home is on the market and a home’s sale-to-list-price ratio. The lower the value, the greater the seller’s market. Days on market, the lower the number the better. Median list price, via Zillow, as of January 2018.

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Joel Anderson is a business and finance writer with over a decade of experience writing about the wide world of finance. Based in Los Angeles, he specializes in writing about the financial markets, stocks, macroeconomic concepts and focuses on helping make complex financial concepts digestible for the retail investor.