It is often the case that when people bring up the state of the housing market in the United States, they are met with sighs and pessimistic head shakes. Though competition let up slightly nationwide last year, home-buyers looking for properties in the most sought-after areas have not felt much relief.

But for homeowners looking to sell when the market is hot or investors looking for the next solid residential real estate play, competition is not only welcome, but exciting. But where are these new hotbeds? To determine where the most competitive housing metros in the country are in 2015, FindTheHome analyzed real estate data collected by CoreLogic, including one-year price growth forecasts, price growth over the past year, median sales prices and average days on market.

FindTheHome defines a competitive market as one that appeals to both buyers and sellers. It must have grown substantially in the past year, is expected to grow substantially in the year ahead, and is where homes are snatched up by consumers and investors almost as soon as they hit the market. These metro areas are ranked from the 50th-best one-year price growth forecast to the best in the country.

Richmond Metro, VA

Richmond Skyline from Lee Bridge

IC: Taber Andrew Bain via Flickr

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 4.77%
Median Home Sale Price: $195,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 3.15%
Average Days on Market: 63 days

Colorado Springs Metro, CO

Colorado Springs with Front Range in Background

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 4.86%
Median Home Sale Price: $214,900
Price Change Over Past Year: 4.66%
Average Days on Market: 42 days

Madison Metro, WI

Madison, WI Skyline

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 4.88%
Median Home Sale Price: $214,950
Price Change Over Past Year: 2.88%
Average Days on Market: 66 days

Columbus Metro, OH

Columbus, OH Skyline

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 4.92%
Median Home Sale Price: $148,950
Price Change Over Past Year: 3.65%
Average Days on Market: 47 days

Youngstown Metro, OH

Youngstown, OH Skyline

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 4.97%
Median Home Sale Price: $69,900
Price Change Over Past Year: -2.04%
Average Days on Market: 104 days

Albuquerque Metro, NM

IC: Wikimedia Commons

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.01%
Median Home Sale Price: $180,625
Price Change Over Past Year: 3.5%

Scranton Metro, PA

Scranton, PA Skyline

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.12%
Median Home Sale Price: $83,250
Price Change Over Past Year: -5.21%

Akron Metro, OH

Canal Park in Akron, OH

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.14%
Median Home Sale Price: $97,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 0.29%
Average Days on Market: 68 days

Greensboro Metro, NC

Greensboro, NC Skyline at Night

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.15%
Median Home Sale Price: $123,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 2.46%
Average Days on Market: 93 days

McAllen Metro, TX

McCallen, TX

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.27%
Median Home Sale Price: $105,060
Price Change Over Past Year: 9.19%

Pittsburgh Metro, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.39%
Median Home Sale Price: $126,750
Price Change Over Past Year: 5.41%
Average Days on Market: 100 days

Cincinnati Metro, OH

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.41%
Median Home Sale Price: $128,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 3.05%
Average Days on Market: 61 days

Dayton Metro, OH

IC: Wikimedia Commons

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.46%
Median Home Sale Price: $94,900
Price Change Over Past Year: 0.88%
Average Days on Market: 86 days

Hartford Metro, CT

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.57%
Median Home Sale Price: $183,000
Price Change Over Past Year: -0.94%
Average Days on Market: 65 days

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Metro, PA

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.57%
Median Home Sale Price: $192,062
Price Change Over Past Year: 1.54%
Average Days on Market: 67 days

Birmingham Metro, AL

IC: Wikimedia Commons

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.7%
Median Home Sale Price: $125,235
Price Change Over Past Year: 4.12%
Average Days on Market: 76 days

Lancaster Metro, PA

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.75%
Median Home Sale Price: $165,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 3.77%
Average Days on Market: 139 days

Bridgeport Metro, CT

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.79%
Median Home Sale Price: $330,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 0.06%
Average Days on Market: 78 days

Denver Metro, CO

IC: Denver

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.83%
Median Home Sale Price: $307,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 11.11%
Average Days on Market: 5 days

Portland Metro, OR

IC: Pixabay/tpsdave

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 5.87%
Median Home Sale Price: $275,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 6.99%

Harrisburg Metro, PA

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 6.06%
Median Home Sale Price: $145,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 3.77%

Toledo Metro, OH

IC: Wikimedia Commons

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 6.21%
Median Home Sale Price: $88,250
Price Change Over Past Year: 0%
Average Days on Market: 69 days

Jacksonville Metro, FL

IC: Wikipedia Commons

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 6.21%
Median Home Sale Price: $159,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 7.06%
Average Days on Market: 66 days

Salt Lake City Metro, UT

IC: Wikimedia Commons

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 6.33%
Median Home Sale Price: $247,825
Price Change Over Past Year: 4.99%

Allentown Metro, PA

IC: Wikimedia Commons

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 6.5%
Median Home Sale Price: $155,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 5.23%
Average Days on Market: 128 days

Las Vegas Metro, NV

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 6.53%
Median Home Sale Price: $195,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 6.75%
Average Days on Market: 51 days

New Haven Metro, CT

IC: Wikimedia Commons

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 6.65%
Median Home Sale Price: $159,500
Price Change Over Past Year: -0.22%
Average Days on Market: 68 days

North Port Metro, FL

IC: Tropical Florida Property

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 6.75%
Median Home Sale Price: $180,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 9.72%
Average Days on Market: 63 days

Provo Metro, UT

IC: Simple Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 6.84%
Median Home Sale Price: $249,437
Price Change Over Past Year: 5.57%

Ogden Metro, UT

IC: Wikimedia Commons

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 6.86%
Median Home Sale Price: $203,298
Price Change Over Past Year: 4.69%

Phoenix Metro, AZ

IC: Wikipedia

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 7.53%
Median Home Sale Price: $199,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 5.53%

Tucson Metro, AZ

IC: Wikimedia Commons

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 7.59%
Median Home Sale Price: $160,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 3.13%
Average Days on Market: 65 days

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Metro, WA

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 7.85%
Median Home Sale Price: $311,376
Price Change Over Past Year: 9.77%
Average Days on Market: 34 days

Lakeland Metro, FL

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 7.92%
Median Home Sale Price: $120,500
Price Change Over Past Year: 6.55%
Average Days on Market: 75 days

Cape Coral Metro, FL

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 8.16%
Median Home Sale Price: $174,900
Price Change Over Past Year: 12.95%
Average Days on Market: 63 days

Orlando Metro, FL

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 8.47%
Median Home Sale Price: $172,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 4.18%
Average Days on Market: 57 days

Tampa Metro, FL

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 8.54%
Median Home Sale Price: $140,500
Price Change Over Past Year: 6.19%
Average Days on Market: 57 days

Los Angeles Metro, CA

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 8.92%
Median Home Sale Price: $535,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 7.78%
Average Days on Market: 35 days

Modesto Metro, CA

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 9.32%
Median Home Sale Price: $236,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 9.21%
Average Days on Market: 31 days

Bakersfield Metro, CA

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 9.35%
Median Home Sale Price: $175,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 4.51%
Average Days on Market: 87 days

San Diego Metro, CA

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 9.61%
Median Home Sale Price: $444,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 5.27%
Average Days on Market: 32 days

Fresno Metro, CA

IC: Wikimedia Commons

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 10.03%
Median Home Sale Price: $217,250
Price Change Over Past Year: 4.19%
Average Days on Market: 40 days

Stockton Metro, CA

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 10.73%
Median Home Sale Price: $262,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 4.62%
Average Days on Market: 34 days

Palm Bay Metro, FL

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 11.25%
Median Home Sale Price: $127,500
Price Change Over Past Year: 12.31%

Riverside Metro, CA

IC: Daniel Orth/Flickr

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 11.75%
Median Home Sale Price: $280,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 4.91%
Average Days on Market: 54 days

Sacramento Metro, CA

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 13.33%
Median Home Sale Price: $300,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 5.73%
Average Days on Market: 31 days

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont Metro, CA

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 14.17%
Median Home Sale Price: $825,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 9.7%
Average Days on Market: 25 days

Oxnard Metro, CA

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 14.2%
Median Home Sale Price: $469,500
Price Change Over Past Year: 4.17%
Average Days on Market: 42 days

San Jose Metro, CA

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 14.64%
Median Home Sale Price: $770,000
Price Change Over Past Year: 12.99%
Average Days on Market: 8 days

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach Metro, FL

1-Year Price Growth Forecast: 23%
Median Home Sale Price: $198,800
Price Change Over Past Year: 8.39%
Average Days on Market: 70 days