Boston has taken over the #2 spot of hottest housing markets for May

Javier Vivas

SANTA CLARA, Calif.– New data from®, The Home of Home Search℠, reveals Boston has taken over the #2 spot of hottest housing markets for May, and Midland, Texas was the nation’s hottest housing market for the second month in a row.

Only four California markets appeared on the monthly list of the nation’s 20 hottest markets in sharp contrast of two months ago when more than half of the hottest housing markets were in California.

May hotness was well distributed with 9 other states represented in the top 20 list: Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Idaho, New York, Michigan, Colorado, Indiana, Washington and Wisconsin. In fact, only two months ago the list was dominated by California markets when the top 10 included: San Francisco; Vallejo,Calif.; San Jose, Calif; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Stockton, Calif. Several of these markets made the list of top areas Californians are looking to leave, released last week.

Javier Vivas

“The California housing market has been hot for a long time – but may be too hot. Our May hotness index further confirms we’re seeing that as prices in California continue to soar, people are increasingly looking elsewhere,” said Javier Vivas, director of economic research for®. “As we continue into what we expect to be the hottest home-buying season in history, look for a wide variety of locales to remain red-hot.”

Spill-over of demand for more affordable markets is also as evident as ever in the list, with seven Midwest metros in the top 20, the highest since we started tracking. Markets that saw the largest jump in hotness last month were Fort Wayne, Ind. and Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich., which moved up 20 and 16 spots, respectively, since April likely due to their cold climate delaying the start of spring buying season.

Nationally, inventory declined 6 percent year over year in May and increased 6 percent compared to April 2018, according to monthly data. Median listing prices only grew 8 percent year over year for the third month in a row, down from 10 percent in February. Part of this deceleration can be attributed to 557,000 new listings hitting the market in May, the highest number since July 2015.® creates the list by analyzing housing market supply and demand by using® listing views as an indicator of demand and median days on market as an indicator of supply.

May 2018® Hotness Rankings


May Rank 20 Hottest Markets May Median Age of Inventory April Rank April Median Age of Inventory
1 Midland, Texas 28 days 1 30 days
2 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H. 28 days 2 30 days
3 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif. 22 days 3 24 days
4 Columbus, Ohio 31 days 4 32 days
5 Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif. 31 days 5 30 days
6 Boise City, Idaho 31 days 11 34 days
7 Stockton-Lodi, Calif 30 days 8 32 days
8 Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, N.Y. 33 days 17 41 days
9 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich. 31 days 25 39 days
10 Fort Wayne, Ind. 35 days 30 47 days
11 Colorado Springs, Colo. 30 days 6 30 days
12 Sacramento—Roseville—Arden-Arcade, Calif. 31 days 7 33 days
13 Worcester, Mass.-Conn. 34 days 21 40 days
14 Rochester, N.Y. 37 days 14 38 days
15 Ann Arbor, Mich. 32 days 9 36 days
16 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich. 37 days 16 40 days
17 Odessa, Texas 34 days 15 37 days
18 Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash. 33 days 13 34 days
19 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas 37 days 19 38 days
20 Racine, Wis. 39 days 12 38 days


**® reviewed listing views by market as an indicator of demand and median days on market as an indicator of supply. This analysis led to the identification of the 20 hottest medium-sized to large markets in the country.

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