Plus, find out what other Southern cities made the top 10 list.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
February 18, 2020
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Thinking of buying a new home in the South and open to relocating? Realtor.com may have some valuable insights for you thanks to their new guide on the easiest places to buy a house in 2020.

Their findings are based on the number of listings per 1,000 homeowner-occupied households in the 100 largest metros in America for the fourth quarter of 2019. "The analysis was based on the number of homes for sale relative to the local population," writes Clare Trapasso in the post of the company's research methods, adding that they limited the results to one metro per state to ensure geographic diversity.

Securing the number one spot is Cape Coral, Florida, perched on the Caloosahatchee River just outside of Fort Myers. Located on the Southwestern coast of Florida, the city is known for its many canals and abundant natural splendors. "It has a city-suburb feeling," says longtime Cape Coral real estate agent Nelson Rua, of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate said in the Realtor.com article. "We have local mom and pop stores instead of big franchises, and geographically we’re very well-protected by the storms because we have these barrier islands in front of us.” If you'd like to buy in the area, the metro's median listing price for homes hovered at around $325,050 in January of this year.

In addition to this Sunshine State oasis, several other Southern cities made the top 10 list for the easiest places to buy a house. Charleston, South Carolina and Virginia Beach, Virginia were ranked in third and fourth place, respectively, with Baton Rouge, Louisiana in seventh and Houston, Texas in ninth. You can read the full article—which also includes a top 10 list for the hardest places to find a house—here.

For those considering making a move, be sure to check out 6 Things Nobody Tells You About Buying a House. Recent home buyers, we'd love to hear your best tips and advice for finding your dream home.

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With the new year proving an especially fitting time to start afresh, would you consider a move to a new city? Have Cape Coral or any of the other Southern contenders on the top 10 list for easiest places to find a house caught your eye?