Eighteen days. That’s the average time a home spends on the market in one of the nation’s 10 hottest ZIP codes.
Realtor.com®’s resident data crunchers recently identified the nation’s most scorching housing markets of the moment, where homes are flying off the market, and the results were a bit of a surprise. No big cities crashed the party.
Instead, the research showed a spike in interest in areas where buyers can get more for their money—where the price per square foot is relatively low and the quality of life is high. Some of the popular destinations, like those in Maine and New Hampshire, seem to reveal a shift in buyers’ interest in getting away from cities and moving closer to more rural areas.
To give you a taste of what you can expect in each of the 10 hottest markets, we plucked a favorite home currently for sale in each ZIP code. If you spot one you like, you had better act fast. These red-hot markets slow down for no buyer!
Have a look at some of these sought-after homes—many of them are priced for far less than you might think.
Horse property with a view: For equine lovers, this spectacular home sits on 5.5 acres. The main three-bedroom house was built in 1984 and boasts vaulted ceilings, a stone fireplace, and hardwood floors. Also included are an ADA-compliant guest cottage, loafing shed, and toolshed.
Waggoner Hills: Built in 1995, this four-bedroom home comes with hardwood floors and a basement. The backyard is perfect for entertaining and backs up to the woods for added privacy.
Historic Colonial: Here’s where your dollar will stretch! Featuring a five-digit price tag, this three-bedroom home was built in 1912 and offers 1,448 square feet of living space. Highlights include coffered ceilings, remodeled sleeping porch, and updated electrical systems. The home also has a basement and attic for even more living space or storage, a detached two-car garage, and fenced yard.
Fixer-upper with flair: This two-bedroom home will need a little interior TLC to keep up with the rest of the residences in this high-end hood. But on the exterior, the home’s red paint gives it oodles of curb appeal, adding style to the tree-lined street. The Cape Cod home boasts hardwood floors, is close to transit lines, and offers limitless possibilities to create something spectacular.
Storybook shingle: Ringed with multiple yards, this four-bedroom, 2,253-square-foot home has plenty of space for a family to spread out. Inside, there are hardwood floors as well as a newer heating system. Outside, the shingles add a touch of storybook charm to this Colonial from 1930.
Updated Colonial: This classic center-hall Colonial received a nice little face-lift. There’s a new kitchen with granite countertops, updated bathrooms, and gleaming hardwood floors. The five-bedroom home spans three floors and includes a large backyard. The pretty red shutters and door set against the crisp white exterior make for a picture-perfect residence.
Golf course adjacent: This roomy home features high-end upgrades, including vaulted ceilings, a home theater, and a cedar-lined, screened porch. Custom touches include a kitchen backsplash with tile imported from Turkey. Outside, the 1.5-acre lot runs adjacent to a golf course and includes a large, fenced yard with irrigation, 1,200 square feet of decks, and a shed.
Mixed-use in MA: Opportunities abound! This intriguing three-story home comes with an attached executive suite with three offices, conference room, reception area, and bonus living room. Sitting on nearly a half-acre, the four-bedroom main home measures in at a sizable 4,889 square feet. And don’t worry—parking won’t be a problem—there are six parking spaces plus a detached two-car garage. It’s close to the UMass Memorial Medical Center, shops, restaurants, and schools.
Sweet Springfield: This four-bedroom brick Colonial is a classic bit of Americana built in 1978. Elegantly remodeled and filled with natural light, it’s an ideal family home. The wooded and fenced backyard, complete with pergola, makes it a postcard-perfect property close to the Pentagon and Washington, DC.
Brick beauty: This brick Colonial was built in 2000 and recently received a fresh paint job and new carpet. Sitting on nearly a full acre, the three-bedroom home has a lovely foyer, shiny hardwood floors, and crown molding. Outside, the yard is outfitted for entertaining with a deck and patio.