Spanaway tops list of toughest places in the U.S. to buy a home

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The Seattle Times | Heidi Groover

As home shoppers jostle for few houses at high prices in Seattle and Tacoma, some are looking farther south instead.

Spanaway, an unincorporated area just east of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was the most competitive place in the country to buy a home this year, according to the online brokerage Redfin. Of Redfin’s 10 most competitive cities this year, six are in Washington state. The company calculates its “Compete Score” based on measures that include how the final sale price compares to the list price and how long homes are on the market.

Redfin’s most competitive areas for homebuyers in the U.S.
1. Spanaway

2. (tied): Lacey; Tacoma; Wyoming, Michigan

3. (tied): Eastmont; Frederickson; Graham; Pleasant Hill, California; San Leandro, California; South Portland, Maine

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