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Which US Housing Markets Are the Hottest?

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Which US Housing Markets Are the Hottest?

Denver once again tops the list of the hottest MSAs overall on the U.S. News Housing Market Index, exhibiting a mix of strengths including a positive ratio of building permits to job growth


February 13, 2024
Larimer Square in Denver—the hottest housing market MSA in December 2023, according to the U.S. News Housing Market Index
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Once again, Denver is at the top of the list of the hottest housing markets overall based on December 2023 data from the U.S. News Housing Market Index (HMI). The index ranks metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) on a scale of 1-100, with 100 indicating that a housing market is blazing hot. On the list of the hottest markets overall, Denver is followed by Raleigh, N.C., Virginia Beach, Va., Durham, N.C., and Charlotte, N.C., in descending order from second to fifth place, respectively.

The analysis by U.S. News & World Report includes rankings based on housing demand (see below), housing supply, resilience, and financing, among other subindexes. Of the top markets to watch—based on markets that saw the greatest improvement between June and December 2023—Cleveland tops the list.

The HMI Demand subindex includes government data on employment, unemployment, household growth, consumer sentiment from the University of Michigan, median home sales prices from Redfin, and observed, smoothed housing rental prices from Zillow.

Raleigh, North Carolina – 79.2
Denver – 78.9
Durham, North Carolina – 77.6
Virginia Beach, Virginia – 77.2
Boise City, Idaho – 72.5

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