's Pick for the Top 9 Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2012

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The real estate industry nationwide may have had a few tumultuous years after the great recession, but there are plenty of markets that have weathered the storm and are stable and even showing signs of improvement. recently released their list of the top 9 markets to watch in 2012.

The list was compiled using various market factors including, affordability, appreciation potential, price stability, area unemployment/job potential, and median price. When taking these factors into consideration, the real estate markets below stood out as top performers where buying a home is likely to be a good investment.

Top 2012 Real Estate Markets

Washington, DC – The Washington, DC area has held strong over the last year. According to the Clear Capital Home Data Index™ December Market Report, The Washington, DC / Arlington, VA / Alexandria, VA area has experienced quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year gains with a low 11.7% REO saturation rate.

Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe didn’t suffer as huge a price drop as many areas of the country, and homes in the city are expected to increase in price by more than 9% over the next five years. Santa Fe also has an low unemployment rate of 5.4% and high median income making it a great place to settle in.

Bremerton, WA – This city also has a somewhat low unemployment rate of 7.9%, high median income and expectations for the home prices to increase more than 9.5% by 2016.

Orlando, FL – A number of Florida cities have shown signs of recovery in 2011 but home prices are still well below their peaks from a few years ago making them a good place for buyers to consider investing in. This is especially true in Orlando where there have been gains all year long and unemployment has started declining.

Rochester, NY – The Rochester real estate market has started to stabilize, so much so to the point that it has one of the highest major market year-over-year gains of 5%.

Austin, TX – As a technological center, Austin, TX has avoided a fair amount of the unemployment trouble the rest of the country is experienced. The city also didn’t have a housing bust so gains and recovery will be easier than in other areas.

Houston, TX – Houston is another Texas city that hasn’t had severe price drops and is in fact gaining quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year. The Clear Capital Home Data Index™ December Market Report lists the Houston, TX as the 5th best performing market in the U.S.

Cambridge, MA – Cambridge, a suburb of Boston, MA, is one of the smaller markets on the list. As reported already, the Boston area has avoided a serious hit to their real estate market thanks to stronger employment and not having experience severe price drops.

Chicago, IL – The Chicago, IL area was listed on Clear Capital list of top performing major markets in December. It’s one of the major markets in the Midwest, which is the region that has experienced the highest quarter-over-quarter gains.

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