As American dreams go, buying a house is still a solid strategy -- and WalletHub has identified the best cities where first-time homebuyers can find the best value. Looking at the top 15 cities, there are some surprising results ahead, from geographic clusters to places that you've likely never heard of. The study draws together three different rankings in order to come up with a composite "score" -- affordability, the local real estate market, and quality of life. As a composite score, a picture of each city emerges that has to do (essentially) with how much house you can get relative to others in your area and how great your life is because of that reality. And, why not? Our homes are extensions of ourselves, after all, and that association is never stronger than when we buy our first place.