The 10 Best Cities for Buying or Selling a Home

The 10 Best Cities for Buying or Selling a Home
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"Go West, young man," author Horace Greeley famously advised back in the 1800s. Judging from real-estate 's list of the top 10 markets for both buyers and sellers, men (and women!) continue to vigorously heed Greeley's words.

According to Zillow, the is oh-so-hot right now, which means sellers should have the upper hand in negotiations as listings are snapped up. Meanwhile in the Midwestern and East Coast metros, the equation is reversed; homes typically remain on the longer, giving buyers leveraging power.

Six out of the 10 for selling are on the West coast; five are in California. San Francisco, in the news lately for sky-rocketing rents, comes in at No. 2, outranked only by San Jose.

"The real estate data in markets on both coasts are telling markedly different stories," Stan Humphries, Zillow's chief economist, said in a statement. "Relatively strong job markets in the West are helping spur robust , which is being met with limited supply, causing rapid value appreciation and giving sellers an edge. In the East, housing markets are appreciating a bit more slowly, and homes are staying on the market longer."

Related: The 10 Hottest Housing Markets for 2014

The hottest markets for sellers are not necessarily those where home values are rising, the firm stated. Instead, three key characteristics determine if a particular city is a good place for home sellers:

  1. Homes are on the markets for a shorter period of time.
  2. Price cuts occur less frequently.
  3. Homes are sold at prices close to or higher than their last listing price.

In buyers' markets, of course, the reverse is true.

"In general, buyers in sellers' markets this spring can expect tight inventory, increased competition and a greater sense of urgency," Humphries said. "Sellers in buyers' markets may need to be prepared to lower their asking price, or to wait longer for the perfect buyer to come along."

Check out both lists below:

The 10 Best Cities for Buying or Selling a Home

Related: The 25 Best U.S. Cities for Tech Startups

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