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Published: Dec 08, 2021 5 min read
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Have your eye on a new house out west? You’re not the only one. The mountainous western states are well-represented in Realtor.com’s new ranking of the hottest housing markets in 2022: Salt Lake City, Boise and Spokane are the top three cities, and Seattle is also in the top 10.

To assemble the list, Realtor.com combined forecasted sales growth and forecasted price growth in the 100 largest markets in the United States.

It expects Salt Lake City, Utah, named as the overall hottest market, to see year-over-year home sales growth of 15.2% and year-over-year price growth at 8.5% in 2022. Realtor.com cites the city’s proximity to outdoor activities like skiing and hiking, low cost of living, good schools and local tech industry jobs as reasons for its popularity. Buyers should be prepared to pay up, though: The median home price in Salt Lake City is roughly $565,000 right now, and that's all but guaranteed to rise next year.

Boise, Idaho, with 12.9% expected sales growth and 7.9% expected price growth, ranked second on the list. The city came in at No. 13 on Money's 2021 Best Places to Live list thanks to its affordability, strong job market and vibrant cultural scene.