The 9 hottest housing markets in the U.S.

  • 5. Sacramento Metro, California

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    1-year price growth forecast: 13.33 percent

    Median home sale price: $300,000

    Price change over past year: 5.73 percent

    Average days on market: 31 days

    California's capital city is enjoying a post-recession real estate boom. Median sales prices for all of Sacramento County reportedly reached a seven-year high earlier this year.

    CoreLogic analyst Andrew LePage tells the Sacramento Bee that housing price strength also means a relatively limited housing inventory in the region, as well as few sales of distressed homes -- making the city especially "tough for first-time buyers."

    That being said, the city is still attracting potential home buyers. U-Haul recently listed Sacramento among its Top Ten destination cities, based on the number of one-way U-Haul rentals.