The 10 'Easiest' Places to Buy a Home

August 4, 2015

Visitors to® reported in June that their top difficulties in house hunting were finding a home that met their needs and finding one that fit within their budget. A limited number of homes for-sale means buyers are having fewer choices. 

Are some markets making it easier for home buyers?® has launched an EasytoBuyIndex, looking at the 50 largest metro areas in the country to determine the 10 easiest places to buy a home.

The new index takes into account

  • the total costs of home ownership.
  • whether it's a buying or renting market.
  • local factors such as insurance, taxes, and supply of affordable inventory.

"These are healthy markets, firmly in recovery mode, but they offer more choices and great affordability," says Jonathan Smoke,®’s chief economist. "They also have higher relative levels of inventory and mortgage rates that are equal to or better than the national average rates."


Source: "Cities of Opportunity: The Top 10 Easiest Places to Buy a Home,"® (Aug. 4, 2015)