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The housing market today is unprecedented, and buyers are contending with cost pressures and short supply—but, according to a recent report by WalletHub, there are cities where conditions are more favorable for first-time homeowners:

  1. Broken Arrow, Okla.
  2. Tampa, Fla.
  3. Centennial, Colo.
  4. Boise, Idaho
  5. Grand Rapids, Mich.
  6. Thornton, Colo.
  7. Frisco, Texas
  8. McKinney, Texas
  9. Cary, N.C.
  10. Gilbert, Ariz.

Assessing 300 cities in a sample, analysts at WalletHub based their findings on affordability, including the average cost of homeowner’s insurance and property taxes; the housing market, including appreciation and sales; and quality of life, including schools and the weather.

Broken Arrow—No. 1—is located in Tulsa County, and part of the Tulsa-Broken Arrow-Owasso metropolitan statistical area (MSA), in Eastern Oklahoma. According to the report, there is more affordable housing in the market than most, giving first-timers more options in their price range.

Distinctly, four of the top 10 cities—Broken Arrow, Centennial, Frisco and Thornton—are smaller population-wise, with less than 150,000 residents, while five are mid-size, with up to 300,000 residents. Just one—Tampa—is a major market.

Approximately 30 percent of preowned property purchases this spring were by first-time homebuyers, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

DeVita_Suzanne_60x60Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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