First-time home buyers may look to affordability when looking for the perfect starter, but have you ever thought about what typical weather looks like?
Realtor.com reminds buyers to be flexible about purchasing a home in the coming year. They also help by presenting the best markets for first time home buyers.
The housing website examined a range of qualities that make a city attractive, including affordability, quality of life and where it might be easier for young buyers to break into the housing market.
Aside from the strong job markets, short commute times, plenty of places to eat and drink, a younger population, affordability and a wider choice of housing, the weather could also play a role in your decision.
FOX Weather Senior Data Specialist Shane Brown has cross-referenced the top 10 markets and provided the typical weather you can expect to find in these top cities. Without further ado, we put you at number 10 on the list:
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No. 10: Somersworth, New Hampshire
According to Realtor.com, the average list price for homes in Somersworth, New Hampshire is $329,900.
Located about a half-hour northwest of Portsmouth and about two hours north of Boston, the area typically sees 24 days of snow a year, with the snowiest year being recorded in 1995-96 with 98.6 inches of snowfall. Average annual snowfall for Somersworth is 53 inches.
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No. 9: Mattdale, New York
The small New York town of Mattdale, a rural suburb north of Syracuse, has its claim to fame for being the one-time home of L. Frank Baum, who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, reports Realtor.com.
An average home list price is $128,900. The price may be comparatively low, but the average number of rainy days per year is the highest of any 10 cities featured in this report, at 173 days.
Don’t forget the snow. The average snow total reaches 127.6 inches annually with 66 snow days a year.
No. 8: Watervliet, New York
Across the Hudson River and less than 15 minutes from New York’s capital, Albany, is Arsenal City, as Watervliet is known, reports Realtor.com. An average home list price is $228,300.
For those who like hot summers and cold winters, the city has seen a record high of 102 and a record low of minus 28 degrees. An average high in Watervliet is 59 degrees and a low of 39.
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No. 7: Eggertsville, New York
Eggertsville is about 15 minutes northeast of Buffalo near the Canadian border in upstate New York. According to Realtor.com, the market has benefited from its proximity to Buffalo. A median list price for a home will set you back $230,800.
If the price sounds reasonable, the annual snowfall could be socking. Those living in suburban Buffalo typically see about 59 days of snow a year, with an average annual snowfall rate of 95 inches, the second-highest on this list next to Mattdale.
#6: Magna, Utah
If you’ve kept track of the who’s who of the top markets for first-time home buyers over the years, you might remember Magna, Utah as the top destination for first-time home buyers last year.
“You are close to everything. You’re close to the airport, you’re close to town and you have easy freeway access,” realtor Joel Carson of Utah Real Estate in nearby Salt Lake City told Realtor.com.
Magna is also near several major ski resorts, he added.
A typical year has 31 snow days with an average annual snowfall of 51.8 inches. While you can expect to rain about 92 days a year in Magna, the city only receives 15.52 inches of water-equivalent rainfall per year.
#5: Moore, Oklahoma
From a weather perspective, Moore, Oklahoma, stands out at #5 because it was hit by deadly EF-5 tornado on May 20, 2013. The tornado claimed 24 lives and caused billions of dollars in damage. In addition to the tornadoes, large hailstones and destructive winds also cause damage in many areas.
Another tornado in 1999 killed about three dozen people and injured hundreds more. Since 1950, nearly 2 dozen other tornadoes have been reported.
However, Moore has the fewest rainy days and has some of the lowest annual rainfall on the list.
Located just 15 minutes south of Oklahoma City, Moore has more homes for sale in his city than many others on the list, reports Realtor.com. Most of the newly built homes average around $300,000, with the average home listing price being $220,000.
#4: Gloucester City, NJ
With an average home list price of $160,000, working-class Gloucester City was recently named the cheapest city in New Jersey by Realtor.com.
Another low number is the average snow days per year. Gloucester City only sees about 12 days of reportable snowfall each year. It set back just 78.7 inches during its snowiest season in 2009-10.
#3: Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Greater Hartford, Connecticut is one of the hottest housing markets in the country and was named the top real estate market for 2023 by Realtor.com. Those living in the surrounding suburbs such as Windsor Locks are rejoicing at the news. Average home listing for $239,900.
Average highs are 61 degrees and lows are 41 degrees. Rainfall reaches 47.05 inches per year with an average of 130 rainy days.
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#2: DeForest, Wisconsin
If you’re ever lost in Wisconsin and come across a giant pink elephant sculpture outside a gas station, DeForest has you nailed it. According to Realtor.com, it’s a popular attraction with both tourists and locals. However, the median home listing price is nothing special at $389,900, since most of the lots in the city are in newly planned communities, the site reports.
Another high for the city is a record high of 107 degrees – compare this to a record low of negative 37 degrees. Temperature average about 47 degrees annually.
#1: Portsmouth, Virginia
Number 1 on Realtor.com’s list is the historic port city of Portsmouth, near Norfolk. The website reports that the city has become popular with first-time buyers and other buyers because of its affordability to the desirable Hampton Roads area. The average list price for a home is $239,000.
Annual average high temperatures reach around 70 degrees, with an annual mean temperature of 61. Rainy days are somewhat minimal at just 118 days in a typical year.
If you’re looking for snow, you won’t find much of it in Portsmouth thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic. The city records an average of just 4 snow days a year. Average annual snowfall reaches 8.5 inches.
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