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These Markets May Be off the Beaten Path, but They’re Growing in Popularity—Here’s Why

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These Markets May Be off the Beaten Path, but They’re Growing in Popularity—Here’s Why

Americans are relocating to small Midwestern cities far from busy coastlines to find pockets of affordability


July 27, 2022
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Americans battling rising inflation are seeking out affordability wherever they can find it, even if that means relocating far off the beaten path to a new town or metro area. The top emerging housing market of the summer is Elkhart, IN, a small Midwestern city just two hours from Chicago that saw prices soar 17.2% year-over-year to a median $279,450 in June, Realtor.com reports. 

Next on the list of the top 10 emerging real estate markets of summer 2022 is Burlington, NC, where the median list price is still a reasonable $380,150. While more expensive homes in high-cost markets are spending more time on the market, houses priced below $200,000 are selling quickly, regardless of where they’re located. 

Elkhart is a recreational vehicle manufacturing powerhouse with an unemployment rate of just 1.8% in May—about half of the national average. Most of the area’s buyers are from nearby South Bend as well as Chicago. About 44% of the area’s buyers are from outside of Indiana, according to Realtor.com.

The area is particularly appealing because it’s so affordable. Those buying a home in the Elkhart metro area are looking at a roughly $1,275 monthly mortgage payment for a median-priced home, according to Realtor.com data. That’s significantly lower than the national median of $2,100 a month.

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