Home price forecast (1 year):* 4.6%
This small metro area may share the same state with Seattle and Tacoma but it's an entirely different world on the eastern side of the Cascades. Kennewick is in the rain shadow of the mountains and geographically has more in common with dry, southwestern Idaho than the rainy Washington coast.
Employment has remained strong here. Median income is more than $61,000 while home prices, a median of $172,000, and other expenses remain low. The cost of living is about 27% lower than Seattle. That should keep housing markets on their steady uphill climb.
Is this a good time to buy a home in Kennewick?