In order to figure out the best places to purchase a home in the country, Zillow looked at four statistical measures in 125 metro areas as of the end of February. These factors included affordability, as measured by home price to income ratios; the unemployment picture (both the absolute figure and how it’s trending over time); the foreclosure situation; and year-over-year housing price trends.
“The list is populated by markets that did not participate in the housing run up from 2000 to 2006 and therefore their housing recession has been milder,” says Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow. “These markets are very affordable, where people are typically spending under 2.5 times their income on a house so it’s pretty affordable, and they are now spending what they were paying in the 15 years between 1985 and 2000.”
The best places to purchase a home in America are mostly in the heartland, reflecting the coastal nature of the housing boom and bust. None of the best places to purchase a home are located on the West Coast in states like California, Oregon and Washington, not to mention Nevada and Arizona.
There are, however, places in the center of the U.S. that figure to be great for home purchases. In Oklahoma, Oklahoma City and Tulsa are both energy belt areas with strong economic fundamentals and housing markets that have been steady for years.
5. Tulsa, Okla.
|Tulsa is the 5th best place to buy a home now
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The energy belt is a good place for homeownership as Tulsa residents can attest.
Midpoint price: $105,400
Foreclosure rate: 0.27%
Price appreciation quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year: -4.1% / -9.3%
Unemployment rate: 6.5%
Year-over-year change in unemployment: -1.8%
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