Hottest real estate markets: These small towns are turning into the toughest places to buy

 Hottest real estate markets: These small towns are turning into the toughest places to buy

(NEXSTAR) – You’ve no doubt heard that a lot of big city home buyers looked out to the suburbs for more space during the first year of the pandemic. As we close out 12 months of socially-distanced living, that real estate trend does not appear to be going anywhere.

According to a February home sales recap released by Realtor.com, the hottest real estate markets in the country don’t include San Francisco, Denver or Cleveland, but homes are turning over quickly down the highway in those same states.

Analysis by Realtor.com found that three California metros with median prices of around a half-million dollars were the most competitive spots for buyers in the United States in February. Vallejo, Stockton and Yuba City, California beat out Burlington, North Carolina and Concord, New Hampshire among the top five markets. In all five locations, the…

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