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Nashville, Cities In Pacific Northwest And Florida Round Out Ten-X's List Of Spring's "Hottest" Single-Family Markets
Seattle, Portland, and Fort Lauderdale Continue to Show Strength While Nashville and Palm Beach Crack the Top Five with Revitalized Economies and Robust Population Growth

IRVINE and SILICON VALLEY, Calif., April 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten-X, the nation's leading online real estate marketplace and the parent to Ten-X Homes, Ten-X Commercial and Auction.com, today released its Top Single-Family Housing Markets Report for Spring 2016, which ranks the nation's 50 largest housing markets according to current and forecasted housing fundamentals. Among the 50 largest U.S. markets, the top five were Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Palm Beach County, and Fort Lauderdale. These markets have displayed the most consistent combination of rising home prices, home appreciation, favorable affordability, and excellent economic and demographic conditions for future demand.

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Of the five markets highlighted in Ten-X's Spring 2016 single-family market rankings, Seattle has now claimed the top slot three reports in a row. Portland also remains unchanged as the second hottest market. Meanwhile in Florida, Fort Lauderdale dropped from second to fifth place and Palm Beach County jumped up a few spots to land in fourth. And Nashville, ranked third, returns to the top five for the first time in a year.

Both Seattle and Portland represent the dominance of the Pacific Northwest driven largely by the technology sector, as local economic strength and healthy demographic trends continue to support burgeoning housing markets in their recent climb past prior peaks. On the opposite coast, Palm Beach County and Fort Lauderdale embody the ongoing recovery effort seen in many Florida markets, leaving ample opportunity for future growth as housing fundamentals remain below pre-recession levels. After experiencing its own recessionary downturn—albeit on a smaller scale—Nashville is seeing local home prices explode due to economic expansion and rising population growth.     

"We're continuing to see a return to fundamentals driving the housing market, as cities with above average population growth and job creation are recovering much more rapidly," said Ten-X Executive Vice President Rick Sharga. "The solid tech sector has helped cities like Seattle and Portland maintain strong economic growth, which in turn has helped fuel the housing market, and the Florida housing market continues its post-recession recovery with South and Central Florida cities experiencing explosive growth."

Top Five Markets at a Glance

Market

Home Price Growth,

Year over Year

Home Sales Growth,

Year over Year

Seattle, WA

12.1%

6.8%

Portland, OR

12.4%

4.7%

Nashville,  TN

11.6%

6.1%

Palm Beach County, FL

14.1%

2.0%

Fort Lauderdale, FL

8.0%

1.7%

Top Market Highlights

Seattle

Seattle's economy is surging with local payrolls up 3 percent from a year ago, and the metro's large tech base thriving with a 5 percent gain over the same period. Local population growth has outpaced the U.S. rate for the past decade, most recently measuring 1.7 percent, or more than twice the national average.  Seasonally adjusted median sales prices for homes in the metro measured nearly $425,000 in the fourth quarter—an all-time high that marks a 12.1 percent increase from a year ago. Though affordability could become an issue in the future, home prices remain competitive within the metro and the Seattle housing market should continue to see healthy demand.

Portland

With employment at a new high some 7.2 percent above its prior peak coupled by unemployment declining to 4.8 percent (just below the national average), Portland continues to build on an economic upswing. The metro's largest sector, professional/business services, saw job growth accelerate to a 7.1 percent year-over-year gain, measuring a whopping 21.5 percent above its prior peak. Seasonally adjusted median home sales prices are up 12.4 percent from a year ago, reaching $331,000 in the fourth quarter. Similar to Seattle, cheap apartment rentals are challenging affordability, but overall strong population growth—surpassing the U.S. average for the past 10 years—should spur a further increase in housing demand.

Nashville

Driven by significant gains from its key sectors, Nashville has enjoyed strong economic drivers in arenas like education/healthcare services, with seasonally adjusted payrolls gaining 3.9 percent from a year ago. A flurry of downtown construction projects has led to a boom in the industry, during which employment grew 6.2 percent—that's 3 percent higher than last year and 14.3 percent higher than its prior cyclical peak. Seasonally adjusted median prices stand at $210,200, up 11.6 percent over the past year and 23.6 percent above their prior peak. While the pace of new building has aroused concern that it could lead to overbuilding, local homes have remained affordable, and the area's population gain at 1.9 percent in recent years is more than double the U.S. rate, trending toward continued growth in its single-family housing market.   

Palm Beach County

Though its pace has slowed slightly from its 2014 run-up, the Palm Beach economy keeps improving with seasonally adjusted employment increasing 2.5 percent from a year ago, and its professional/businesses services sector catching fire as payrolls rose 6.7 percent. The outsized financial services sector, however, took a nosedive in 2015 as payrolls declined 4.5 percent, and the equally important leisure/hospitality sector saw its year-over-year growth cool by 2.1 percent amid job losses. Still, the Palm Beach housing market is hitting its stride as home prices netted a 14.1 percent year-over-year gain, the second highest among major U.S. metros in the fourth quarter. The fact that single-family affordability outweighs local apartment rentals should maintain a healthy demand, and seasonally adjusted median home sale prices of nearly $247,000—about 18 percent below their prior peak—bode well for future growth.

Fort Lauderdale

Having erased the devastation of the deep downturn that accompanied the housing bust, Fort Lauderdale has bounced back with strong economic resilience and local employment up 3.1 percent from a year ago. Professional/business services in particular, its largest sector, saw employment rise by an impressive 7.7 percent in the past year. The Fort Lauderdale housing market continues to march ahead, with seasonally adjusted median sales up 8 percent to $226,000. Prices are still 22 percent below their prior peak, however, indicating there is additional room to advance. While permit activity has been flat, suggesting that housing inventory will remain tight through the near future, affordability still favors single-family purchases over apartment rentals for the metro, which should inspire a further shift to homeownership.        

"Despite a few economic headwinds, the U.S. housing market remains on solid ground," said Ten-X Chief Economist Peter Muoio. "There are still some causes for concern, such as affordability and limited inventory, plus mortgage availability is still tight. But overall home sales should continue to prosper on the strength of fundamentals. Wages have gone up, interest rates are still low, and the labor market is healthy."

Market Rankings and Methodology

Sales and pricing activity on the Ten-X platform provide real-time insight into buyer demand and price appetite, particularly among real estate investors. Combining past and current trends with its economic and demographic growth forecasts, Ten-X has ranked the largest 50 metros for performance potential.

The rankings take into account pricing, sales, permit activity and economic growth. Population growth is also considered, but it should be noted that the company utilizes annually compiled Census data. Therefore, any softening in demographics over recent months is not reflected.

Market

Rank

Seattle

1

Portland

2

Nashville

3

Palm Beach County

4

Fort Lauderdale

5

Orlando

6

San Diego

7

Oakland

8

Charlotte

9

Denver

10

Tampa

11

Columbus

12

Atlanta

13

San Francisco

14

San Jose

15

Boston

16

Orange County

17

Salt Lake City

18

Miami

19

Raleigh

20

Austin

21

Dallas

22

Phoenix

23

Las Vegas

24

Minneapolis

25

Riverside

26

Sacramento

27

Los Angeles

28

San Antonio

29

Indianapolis

30

Jacksonville

31

Fort Worth

32

Cincinnati

33

DC

34

Kansas City

35

Houston

36

Pittsburgh

37

Long Island

38

Detroit

39

Milwaukee

40

Memphis

41

Northern Virginia

42

Baltimore

43

Chicago

44

St. Louis

45

Northern New Jersey

46

Philadelphia

47

Cleveland

48

Suburban Maryland

49

Central New Jersey

50

About Ten-X

Ten-X is the nation's leading online real estate marketplace and the parent to Ten-X Homes, Ten-X Commercial and Auction.com. To date, the company has sold 200,000+ residential and commercial properties totaling more than $37 billion. Leveraging desktop and mobile technology, Ten-X allows people to safely and easily complete real estate transactions entirely online. Ten-X is headquartered in Irvine and Silicon Valley, Calif., and has offices in key markets nationwide. Investors in the company include Google Capital and Stone Point Capital. For more information, visit Ten-X.com.

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