In the first half of 2022, nowhere did homes sell faster than in the North East.
That’s according to Realtor.com’s newly released annual Hottest Zip Codes report, which is based on home listings in more than 29,000 zip codes. It shows homes in the 10 fastest-selling neighborhoods “sold in just over a week (8 days) and received nearly four times (3.7) more buyer views than a typical US listing.” More than half of them were in New England.
Here’s a look at the most desirable zip codes of 2022.
10. Auburn, Maine
Postal code: 04210
Auburn is where the modern process of shoemaking was devised in 1835, according to MaineEncyclopedia.com, and it’s certainly where many people want to set foot today. June’s median listing price in Auburn was $267,000.
9. North Attleboro, Massachusetts
Postal code: 02760
Homes for sale in this suburb of Providence, Rhode Island, have typically sat on the market for just five days this year, according to Realtor.com. The median listing price was also the highest among the top zip codes: $587,000.
8. Hooksett, New Hampshire
Postal code: 03106
Hooksett is a popular choice for Boston expats thanks to its proximity and relative affordability, says Realtor.com. More than a quarter of the people viewing home listings here this year were from Boston.
The city just celebrated its 200th birthday – it was incorporated in July 1822.
7. Johnson City, Tennessee
Postal code: 37604
Homes here sell after about 10 days on the market, according to Realtor.com. It’s one of the slower turnarounds on this list—perhaps buyers here took a few days off from their search for hiking in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains.
6. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Postal code: 18017
Homebuyers are no doubt drawn to this colorful city for many reasons, but here’s a fun fact: Crayola crayons are shipped out of Bethlehem, as we detailed in “13 Products Still Made in the USA.”
5. Windham, Maine
Postal code: 04062
Home listings in Windham were viewed 4.2 times as often as the national average during the first half of 2022, Realtor.com says. European settlement of the area began in 1737, when it was called New Marblehead.
4. Derry, New Hampshire
Postal code: 03038
The yellow woods where the poet Robert Frost parted ways is not in Derry – his “Road Not Taken” is in England, not New England – but his family farm is.
3. Worthington, Ohio
Postal code: 43085
Homes for sale in this Columbus suburb have been on the market for just one week this year, according to Realtor.com. According to its website, the city can be considered an honorary member of the Northeast:
“Worthington was one of the Midwest’s first planned communities, blending commerce, residential life, education and faith. Founded in 1803, Worthington reflects its dignified New England heritage with authentic brick sidewalks leading to the central village green, where many of the city’s original commercial buildings and churches still stand proudly.”
2. Nashua, New Hampshire
Postal code: 03062
Like Hooksett earlier on the list, Nashua draws a lot of interest from people who live in Boston – which is only 42 miles away. Home listings in Nashua were viewed more times than anywhere else on this list in the first half of the year, Realtor.com says.
1. Brighton, New York
Postal code: 14618
Homes in this Brighton zip code are hotter than anywhere else, according to Realtor.com. The town has another dubious heat-related distinction that some longtime residents may remember, however. The town’s website details the tragic events of an “unseasonably hot” day in September 1951, when a gas leak caused 19 houses to explode and another 25 structures to suffer significant damage.
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