With thousands of workers moving to Plano for jobs with Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance, FedEx and others, it shouldn’t be a surprise the Collin County town is near the top of home shopping lists. So far in 2015, Plano has ranked fourth among U.S. markets for Internet home on Realtor.com. Melrose, Mass; Columbus, Ohio, and the Denver suburb of Littleton, Col were at the top of the list. “Plano is identified as the country’s 4th hottest zip code so far this year out of 32,000 others across the U.S.,” Realtor.com reports. “Each locale on this list is emblematic of the key trends driving housing this year – healthy local economics, job opportunities and affordability,” Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com, said in the report. “For first time home buyers, these communities provide great opportunities to enter the housing market, build a career, and raise a family; older generations are able to build wealth and enjoy a variety of lifestyles.” Realtor.com says that its Internet home listings in Plano get nearly 1,200 views per month on average, more than twice the views than the rest of the metro area and eight times more than the national average.
- Dallas Morning News, August 13, 2015