Buffalo, New York’s housing market will be the most competitive out of 50 major cities this year, according to projections from Zillow.

The online real estate company said late last week that affordability and the level of new jobs per new home permitted helped the western New York city get the title of 2024’s anticipated hottest market. Buffalo home values being slated to remain “steady” contributed too, according to Zillow.

The Buffalo area has seen homes worth $248,445 on average as of late, with residences tending to stay on the market for two weeks, according to the report. Zillow anticipates that figure will post a 0.2% decrease this year.

Affordability applied to other cities projected to see 2024 competitiveness, Zillow noted.

ECONOMISTS FORECASTING A HOUSING MARKET TURNAROUND IN 2024

Other markets that appeared on Zillow’s ranking in ascending order after Buffalo were:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Tampa, Florida

Of the 10 cities Zillow anticipates will be the hottest this year, Providence currently has the highest typical home value, at $455,609, and Cleveland has the lowest with $215,597. For the U.S. overall, the value of typical homes came in at $347,415, according to the company.

Buyers snapped up listed homes in Cincinnati in short periods of time in 2023, contributing to its No. 2 spot. The projected third-hottest market for 2024, Columbus, could experience growth in owner-occupied households upwards of 11%, Zillow said.

Zillow website

The online real estate company used things like housing market velocity, construction activity, labor market data and more when determining its list.

“Housing markets are healthiest where affordable home prices and strong employment are giving young hopefuls a real shot at buying and starting to build equity. I’m cautiously optimistic that the housing market will get back on stable footing in 2024 – we shouldn’t see the massive price spikes of the early pandemic or fast-rising mortgage rates of recent years,” Zillow Economic Research Data Scientist Anushna Prakash said in a statement.

For sale sign in front of homes

Thirty-year fixed mortgages had a rate of 6.62% on average for the week of Jan. 4, according to Freddie Mac. 

THESE HOUSING MARKETS ARE EXPECTED TO SEE DOUBLE DIGIT SALES GROWTH IN 2024

In late December, the National Association of Realtors said the U.S. clocked an annual rate of 3.82 million existing home sales in November. Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of new single-family homes sales in the same month was 590,000, per the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development.

REAL ESTATE INVESTOR WARNS US IS ENTERING THE ‘GREATEST’ CORRECTION OF HIS LIFETIME

Redfin said in a report released in early January that home listings active in the four weeks ending Dec. 31 came in around 789,500.

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