Hottest housing markets for 2016

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Housing experts predict U.S. home value growth around 3.5 percent this year. But which markets are leading the charge?

To determine the hottest real estate markets for 2016, we looked at the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) Forecast, recent income growth and current unemployment rates. These variables were scaled and combined equally to form a "hotness score."

Here's a look at the top 10 metros:

No. 1: Denver

The ZHVI is expected to increase 5 percent year-over-year in the Denver metro, where the unemployment rate is a low 3.1 percent. Neighborhoods in Aurora, CO — Delmar Parkway, Highline Villages and Centretech — are the hottest. Denver's Ruby Hill is also among the metro's hottest 'hoods.

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No. 2: Seattle

This home is currently for sale in Olympic Manor, where the median home value is expected to increase 8.2 percent year-over-year.

In Seattle, the ZHVI is expected to rise 5.4 percent year-over-year. Northwest Bellevue is the area's hottest neighborhood with the median home value predicted to increase 9.2 percent to $1.15 million year-over-year. Seattle's University District, Holly Park and Olympic Manor are also hot spots.

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No. 3: Dallas-Fort Worth

The Dallas-Fort Worth market is holding strong with a 4 percent unemployment rate and solid income growth. The median home value is also expected to go up by 5.6 percent year-over-year, according to the ZHVI Forecast. Holford, Oak Lawn and M Streets are the hottest neighborhoods.

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No. 4: Richmond

This home is currently listed for $342,450 after a recent price cut. It's located in Church Hill, Richmond's hottest 'hood with the median home value expected to increase 6.7 percent year-over-year.

Richmond, VA is seeing the strongest income growth of the top 10 markets, and unemployment is low. The housing market is also expected to be hot, with the ZHVI increasing 2.2 percent year-over-year. Church Hill, Carytown and The Fan should be the hottest hoods in terms of home value growth.

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No. 5: Boise

With a 4.7 percent increase in the median home value expected this year, Boise, ID has earned its spot among the hottest real estate markets. At the neighborhood level, Central Bench, North End and Maple Grove-Franklin top the list with a ZHVI Forecast over 5 percent.

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No. 6: Ogden

This one-story upgraded home is listed in Kaysville, where the median home value is predicted to increase from $283,400 to $308,200 year-over-year.

Ogden, UT is another hot market with strong income growth, low unemployment and a ZHVI expected to increase 4.9 percent year-over-year. The metro's hottest ZIP codes include 84025 in Farmington, 84037 in Kaysville and 84401 in Ogden proper.

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No. 7: Salt Lake City

Another Utah metro, Salt Lake City, made the list with a ZHVI Forecast of 4.4 percent. The hottest cities for home value growth are expected to be Grantsville, Erda and Stansbury Park. The 84074 ZIP code in Tooele is also a hot spot.

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No. 8: Omaha

In Omaha, unemployment is very low at 2.9 percent, incomes are on the rise and home values are trending up. The ZHVI is expected to increase 3.2 percent year-over-year. The 68136 and 68131 ZIP codes in Omaha are hottest, followed by 68066 in Wahoo.

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No. 9: Sacramento

Sacramento's median home value is predicted to rise 5.1 percent year-over-year. The Southeast Village, Folsom Road and Hagginwood neighborhoods should lead the way with a ZHVI Forecast over 8 percent.

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No. 10: Portland

Portland, OR is the 10th hottest market for 2016 with the median home value expected to rise 5 percent. Woodlawn is predicted to have the most home value growth (7.2 percent year-over-year), followed by Parkrose (7.1 percent) and Sumner (7 percent).

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Related: 10 real estate accounts you should be following

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Hottest housing markets for 2016

Illustrated Properties
Based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, this account exclusively features current listings (including prices) of mansions with pools. A fine display of true and massive Floridian architecture.

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Saunders & Associates
Because who wouldn't rather be at a beachfront estate in the ever-glamorous Hamptons?

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MSM Luxury Estates
Based in Beverley Hills, CA, celebrity homes are often featured, as are infographics including statistics on the current market. 

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Joyce Rey Real Estate
Featuring estates everywhere from California to Italy, prime luxury pads are accompanied by shots of pretty decor, quotes and personal moments from Joyce Rey's glamorous life. 

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Houlihan Lawrence
The real estate firm that specializes in Westchester County and the suburbs of northern NY posts listings in real time, as well as shots of hip and marketable hotspots in the towns where they sell.

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Chad Carroll
This "Million Dollar Listing: Miami" star posts pictures and listings showcasing all of Miami's architectural beauty, from rooftop views to sleek interiors.

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Douglas Elliman
As one of the most prestigious real estate companies in the world, it's no surprise that this account is full of all things luxurious, including cityscapes, events, and famous landmarks.

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