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Housing MarketMidlands, Texas is taking over the mantle of being the hottest housing market in the country from the expensive California cities that have dominated the chart so far, according to the latest 20 Hottest Markets rankings released by Realtor.com on Thursday.

The monthly rankings are created by analyzing housing market supply and demand by using realtor.com listing views as an indicator of demand and median days on market as an indicator of supply.

The report revealed that Midland came out at the top of the order for the second consecutive month, while only four California markets appeared on the list in contrast to two months ago where more than half of the hottest housing markets were from the Golden State and included old favorites such as San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento along with newer entrants such as Vallejo, Santa Cruz, and Stockton.

Several of the markets listed among the hottest ones were in states that many Californians are migrating to, the report indicated. May’s hotness rankings were distributed among nine other states and included Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Idaho, New York, Michigan, Colorado, Indiana, Washington, and Wisconsin.

“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 Realtor.com. “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.”

The list saw seven Midwest metros in the top 20 as spillover demand for more affordable markets made these cities top the charts. Apart from Midland which maintained its No. 1 position, Boston-Cambridge-Newton in Massachusetts, New Hampshire; San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward in California; Columbus, Ohio; and Vallejo-Fairfield, California also maintained their April Hotness ranking of second, third, fourth, and fifth hottest markets respectively.

Grand Rapids, Michigan and Fort Wayne, Indiana ranked ninth and tenth had made the biggest jump since April, when they were ranked 25 and 30 respectively, according to Realtor.com.

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and editor. A former Online Editor and currently a reporter for MReport, she is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.

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