Top 25 housing markets in U.S. predicted for 2011

The top housing market will be Portland, Maine, expected to see prices rise 3.6%, followed by Kansas City, at 3.5%, and Tri-Cities Washington at 3.4%. Others in the top 10 include Omaha, Nebraska; Fargo, North Dakota; Iowa City, Iowa; Bellevue, Nebraska; and Bismark, North Dakota.

It’s not the type of places that once headlined the largest housing gains in the U.S. over the past decade. The list by Housing Predictor focuses rather on many of the smaller and mid markets.

In fact, only one city on the list was in the top 30 largest U.S. cities – Austin, Texas.

Noticeably absent from the top-25 list are any Florida, Arizona, California, or New York cities. The Midwest states of Iowa and Kansas led, instead, with four cities each on the list.

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