Top 10 Affordable Small Towns in America

We all love top 10 lists and they often spell out places we wished we would have invested in before they made the list! Realtor.com, citing recent survey data, says nearly half of U.S. adults would prefer to live in a small town or rural area.  They point out that the “idyllic appeal of small-town life” has taken on a whole new dimension during the coronavirus pandemic.  To that end, their number-crunchers took a look at metros with a population <50k and then factored in affordability metrics such as median home price, year-over-year price change, ownership costs (as a percentage of income), employment data and, of course crime.

“We’ve seen home shoppers prefer larger homes with more outdoor space as a result of the pandemic, and home-shopping interest has [especially]increased in areas that offer outdoor activities such as beaches or skiing,” says Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com.

Here are Realtor.com’s Top Small Towns in the USA:

  1. New Ulm, MN
  2. Lexington, NE
  3. Houghton, MI
  4. Spencer, IA
  5. Wahpeton, ND
  6. Wapakoneta, OH
  7. Los Alamos, NM
  8. Lincoln, IL
  9. Maryville, MO
  10. Seneca Falls, NY

top 10 small towns in the USA

Click here to read the full story at Realtor.com.

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“CFPB’s approach to expediting and simplifying the recasting of loans for those in forbearance is not only a good move, it will be a critical move in helping to stabilize the housing industry, community housing values, and the short and long-term benefit of service providers as well as individual homeowners. In short this is a win all around for those who have felt the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic’s economic fallout.”  Said Charles Tassell, COO of National REIA.

 Charles Tassell

Click here to read the full story at CNBC.com.

Click here to read the full release at the CFPB.

Click here to read the CFPB’s Fast Facts: 2021 Mortgage Servicing COVID-19 Proposed Rule”

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