The 10 most difficult places to invest in real estate in the US right now

First-time homebuyers account for 46% of all US homebuyers.

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First-time homebuyers account for 46% of all US homebuyers.
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First-time homebuyers in the US are on the hunt for affordable homes in prosperous markets – but scoring a deal like that is easier said than done.

According to Zillow, first-time homebuyers account for 46% of all homebuyers and are more likely than veteran homebuyers to go over their budgets.

Read more: The 10 best places in the US for first-time homebuyers to invest in real estate right now

In order to make a good investment, first-time homebuyers – like all homebuyers – have to understand which market trends are considered red flags. Just consider markets like San Francisco and Seattle, which, according to Zillow, show trends of competitive prices, low inventory, and weak home value appreciation forecasts.

To establish a list of the most challenging markets for first-time homebuyers, Zillow evaluated metropolitan areas on four data points: current median home value; strength of home value appreciation forecast; size of current inventory; and current percentage of listings with a price cut. All four data points were given equal weighting. Listing and home-value data for all cities listed below has been sourced from Zillow, and represents each market as of June 2019.

Keep reading for a ranking of the top 10 most difficult metros for first-time homebuyers.


10. Boston, Massachusetts

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Share of listings with a price cut: 14.6%

The median home value in the Boston, Massachusetts metro area is $464,400 and the median listing price per square foot is $302.

According to Zillow, home values have increased by 2.7% since June 2018.


9. San Jose, California

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Share of listings with a price cut: 18.4%

The median home value in the San Jose, California metro area is $1,160,800 and the median listing price per square foot is $678.

According to Zillow, home values have decreased by 8.2% since June 2018.


8. San Diego, California

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Share of listings with a price cut: 19.9%

The median home value in the San Diego, California metro area is $590,000 and the median listing price per square foot is $384.

According to Zillow, home values have increased by 1% since June 2018.


7. Denver, Colorado

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Share of listings with a price cut: 19.2%

The median home value in the Denver, Colorado metro area is $408,000 and the median listing price per square foot is $269.

According to Zillow, home values have increased by 3% since June 2018.


6. Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Share of listings with a price cut: 13.3%

The median home value in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metro area is $272,000 and the median listing price per square foot is $206.

According to Zillow, home values have increased by 4.8% since June 2018.


5. Sacramento, California

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Share of listings with a price cut: 16.7%

The median home value in the Sacramento, California metro area is $411,000 and the median listing price per square foot is $248.

According to Zillow, home values have increased by 3.1% since June 2018.


4. Los Angeles, California

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Share of listings with a price cut: 15.7%

The median home value in the Los Angeles, California metro area is $649,600 and the median listing price per square foot is $438.

According to Zillow, home values have increased by .9% since June 2018.


3. Washington, D.C.

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Share of listings with a price cut: 14.8%

The median home value in the Washington, D.C. metro area is $407,200 and the median listing price per square foot is $238.

According to Zillow, home values have increased by 2% since June 2018.


2. Seattle, Washington

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Share of listings with a price cut: 15.6%

The median home value in the Seattle, Washington metro area is $489,400 and the median listing price per square foot is $295.

According to Zillow, home values have increased by .4% since June 2018.


1. San Francisco, California

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Share of listings with a price cut: 13.4%

The median home value in the San Francisco, California metro area is $942,800 and the median listing price per square foot is $503.

According to Zillow, home values have not increased since June 2018.