Phoenix is projected as the top housing market in the country for next year, according to a new forecast report by Realtor.com.  The real estate group expects Phoenix housing to see price gains of 5.9 percent and sales growth of 7.2 percent.  That earns the Valley the top spot.  

Los Angeles ranks second, Boston third. Sacramento and Riverside round out the top five. Tucson is picked as the ninth strongest housing market next year, by Realtor.com’s forecasters.

The real estate group also expects Midwestern cities such as Madison, Wisconsin; Columbus, Ohio; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; and Minneapolis to be attractive to younger home buyers.  Those markets have affordable prices — compared to larger, mostly coastal cities — and are often college towns or have positive job markets.  

Realtor.com projects Chicago with the weakest housing market in 2017 among the 100 top U.S. metros.

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Source: Mike Sunnucks | Phoenix Business Journal