Why Tampa, Florida Is 2022’s Hottest Housing Market – GOBankingRates

Why Tampa, Florida Is 2022’s Hottest Housing Market – GOBankingRates

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If you’re gearing up to shop for a home in the Tampa, Florida region and hoping to nab a deal in 2022, please have a seat because we’ve got bad news for you: Prices are likely going to soar. According to new predictions from Zillow, Tampa came in No. 1 as the hottest housing market of 2022. Other cities in the Sun Belt region seeing a boom of interest from buyers include Jacksonville, Florida; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; and San Antonio. 

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“These findings were not particularly surprising,” Nicole Bachaud, economist at Zillow, told GOBankingRates. “For the last couple of years we have seen the Sun Belt surge in popularity, and the findings are on par with trends we have talked about in previous years.” 

In the 2021 hottest markets report from Zillow, Austin, Texas was forecast to be the leading destination for home buyers, thanks largely to the city’s reputation as both bustling and affordable — at least compared to major coastal metropolises — but the Sun Belt region was highlighted as a rising star.

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Homebuyers Seek Good Weather, Good Prices and Good Career Opportunities

“The Sun Belt has been surging for the last couple of years,” Bachaud said. “Home shoppers increasingly want warmer climates, relative affordability and fast-growing economies.”  

Home shoppers also want to reside in an area that has strong forecasted home-value growth, high job growth and resistance to economic impacts from outside financial market fluctuations. These are all boxes that Tampa checks off, according to Bachaud. It also is — or, more accurately perhaps, was — less expensive than 2021’s top cities such as Austin and Phoenix.  

While Tampa and other Sun Belt destinations are booming, with the surge expected to continue throughout the year, other famously red-hot markets like New York City and San Francisco are anticipated to cool down.

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NYC and San Francisco Are Cooling Down — But That Doesn’t Mean Much

“The coolest markets of the year are expected to be New York, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Chicago and San Jose,” Bachaud said. “New York — among the others on this list — is considered cool due to relatively fewer new jobs and less favorable demographic trends than other large markets.”

But a cooled-down market doesn’t mean a cold or barren one — and surely not in thriving megacities like New York and San Francisco. They may be seeing less excitement, but Zillow anticipates these and other not-so-scorching locations will still come out on top. 

“All these markets are still expected to fare just fine on their own next year,” Bachaud said.  

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Source: https://www.gobankingrates.com/investing/real-estate/why-tampa-florida-is-2022s-hottest-housing-market/

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