We measured stability with two equally weighted indicators: the number of years people remain in their homes and the percentage of homeowners with negative equity (as homeowners with negative equity are more likely to go into foreclosure).You see? It's not always the far-flung streets paved with McMansions that do well in the real-estate market. Sometimes, there are bargains to be found within your salary.
To account for our second factor, risk, we used the percentage of homes that decreased in value.
To determine housing market fluidity, we looked at data on the average time a for-sale home in each area spends on the market—the longer it takes to sell, the less fluid the market.
Finally, we calculated affordability as the monthly cost of owning a home as a percentage of household income in each county and city.
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