With Home Prices Rising, These 10 Locations Won’t Be a Bargain for Long

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Home prices are expected to increase in the new year, as are mortgage rates. Meanwhile, the big bad bear of inflation still lurks, as do growing fears of a recession amid widespread layoffs. All these factors point to the question, “Where can homebuyers move to in order to get the best bargains on housing?”

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Fortunately with the rise of remote work, location is no longer as big of an issue as it was in pre-pandemic times, meaning many employees have more options in their search for more affordable housing.

They may want to consider the following cities, which are becoming more attractive as buyers are getting priced out of larger cities. But they’d better move fast as, according to new research from Realtor.com, these locales are expected to see rising prices in the new year.

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1. Columbia, South Carolina

The average home price in Columbia is $300,000 and will be up 3.6% year over year in 2023.

2. El Paso, Texas

The average home price in El Paso is $291,000, and will be up 5.4% year over year in 2023.

3. Augusta, Georgia

The average home price in Augusta is $319,000 and will be up 5.7% year over year in 2023.

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4. Buffalo, New York

The average home price in Buffalo is $240,000, and will be up 6% year over year in 2023.

5. Toledo, Ohio

The average home price in Toledo is $161,000, and will be up 6.7% year over year in 2023.

6. Chattanooga, Tennessee

The average home price in Chattanooga is $397,000, and will be up 8.2% year over year in 2023.

7. Louisville, Kentucky

The average home price in Louisville is $290,000, and will be up 8.4% year over year in 2023.

8. Hartford, Connecticut

The average home price in Hartford is $372,000, and will be up 8.5% year over year in 2023.

9. Grand Rapids, Michigan

The average home price in Grand Rapids is $358,000, and will be up 10% year over year in 2023.

10. Worcester, Massachusetts

The average home price in Worcester is $447,000, and will be up 10.6% year over year in 2023.

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Nicole Spector is a writer, editor, and author based in Los Angeles by way of Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Vogue, the Atlantic, Vice, and The New Yorker. She's a frequent contributor to NBC News and Publishers Weekly. Her 2013 debut novel, "Fifty Shades of Dorian Gray" received laudatory blurbs from the likes of Fred Armisen and Ken Kalfus, and was published in the US, UK, France, and Russia — though nobody knows whatever happened with the Russian edition! She has an affinity for Twitter.
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