The markets, which stretch from New York to Texas and include metros with populations above 150,000, were selected and ranked based on a range of demographic, economic and real estate market data, including real estate sales volume and median sales price appreciation.And look who made the list!
Located between Nashville, Tenn., and Atlanta, the Chattanooga metro area enjoys a low unemployment rate, high affordability, and the highest rate of out-of-state in-migration among the 10 markets.
The area's median sales price rose 7.3 percent between in the year through third-quarter 2011, to $128,700. The vast majority of homes in the area, 81.3 percent, were affordable to median-income households during that quarter.
"One of Chattanooga's largest resident communities, (which) historically had enjoyed 3 to 3.7 percent on an average differential between list and sales price ... increased (to a) 4 to 4.9 percent differential from 2010 to 2011," said Linda Brock, an affiliate broker at Prudential RealtyCenter.com in Chattanooga.