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‘Hot’ markets for house hunters

ZipRealty search activity tracks with foreclosures

Cities in the "sand states" of Arizona, Florida, California and Nevada dominate a list of most-searched communities by ZipRealty users during the first three months of the year. In its quarterly "Home Hunters Report," ZipRealty tracks data from 5,400 cities in 33 of the 35 markets the company operates in to identify the most-searched cities. Phoenix topped ZipRealty's list of the 25 most-searched cities, and seven other cities in Arizona made the top 25 (Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe and Queen Creek). Florida had six cities on the list (Naples, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Kissimmee, Fort Myers and Cape Coral), while California had five (Chula Vista, Carlsbad, Huntington Beach, Oceanside and La Jolla). Three cities in Nevada made the top 25: Las Vegas-Summerlin, Henderson-Green Valley, and Henderson-Anthem/Seven Hills. The only cities not in the sand states making the top 25 list that were were Atlanta, Ga. (14th), and Houston, Texas (20th). Most...