Friday, July 18, 2008

Top 10 Cities to Buy a Home

Financially, at least, the best places to buy houses are those where buying costs less than renting, tax incentives are attractive, and there’s an opportunity to build equity.

Forbes magazine surveyed the 40 largest metropolitan area housing metrics looking for cities where home prices have appreciated over the last two years. It also measured vacancy rates. And it gave extra points to cities where rents are significantly higher than a buyer would pay for the same home.

Texas dominated the magazine’s list because of its healthy job market and growing tax revenues.

Here are the 10 cities that topped Forbes’ best-places-to-buy list:
  1. Houston
  2. Austin, Texas
  3. St. Louis
  4. Philadelphia
  5. San Antonio, Texas
  6. Dallas
  7. Charlotte, N.C.
  8. San Francisco
  9. Jacksonville, Fla.
  10. Atlanta

Source: Forbes, Maurna Desmond (07/14/08)

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