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With millennial homeownership in the US at a record low, to say that buying real estate is out of reach is an understatement. But if research conducted by WalletHub is anything to go by, the problem may lie more in the city in which we're househunting.

The personal finance website used a range of factors, ranging from foreclosure rates to home value forecasts, to determine the best local real-estate markets across the U.S. Seattle, Washington beat other popular cities, including Nashville, Tennessee, and Denver, Colorado to the top spot. According to WalletHub, home values  in Seattle have shot up 13.5% in the past year, but in comparison to many other cities on the west coast, house prices remain fairly reasonable. 

Seattle (which is also known as the Emerald City) is best-known for its rapidly growing tech scene, home to the likes of Microsoft and Amazon, as well as being a popular tourist spot home to skyscrapers such as the Space Needle and the world-famous Pike Place Market — also the birthplace of the first-ever Starbucks — just FYI. 

If you're looking to purchase real estate over on the east coast, you might want to avoid Detroit, Michigan, which was dubbed the worst big-city real estate market of 2017. Two New Jersey cities, Newark and Paterson, also finished last for mid- and small-sized cities. You can see the full list of large cities below, or, for the full list, including the best small- and medium-sized cities to purchase real estate, go to the WalletHub website.

1. Seattle, Washington
2. Nashville, Tennessee 
3. Denver, Colorado
4. Aurora, Colorado
5. Colorado Springs, Colorado
6. Lexington, Kentucky
7. Portland, Oregon
8. Omaha, Nebraska
9. Raleigh, North Carolina
10. Charlotte, North Carolina

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