Samantha Sharf , FORBES STAFF I cover real estate & how technology is shaping the spaces we inhabit. 

No matter if you're a house hunter in search of a place to live or an investor seeking an apartment to rent out for yield, you want to make a smart purchase. To find out where you can do just that in 2018 Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor, which tracks more than 300 U.S. housing markets. Below you'll find 20 markets where population, jobs and home prices are growing. A meteoric rise in home values is not guaranteed for every city on this list, but these are the markets where you are most likely to get a decent return on your investment without outsized risk. 

Methodology and trends.


1. Orlando, Fla.

Average home price: $247,550



3-year population growth: 7.6%

2-year job growth: 7.1%

1-year home price growth: 9%

3-year price growth forecast: 35%