Second-shortest break-even period: Miami/Fort Lauderdale
Break-even point: Two years

The Miami/Fort Lauderdale metro area is another market that fell sharply during the housing bust but is snapping back -- meaning buyers can expect good future price appreciation and short break-even periods.

Zillow estimates that median home values rose 12.1% there over the past year to reach $159,000, with another 4.1% increase expected over the coming 12 months.

Gudell says that when you add in the fact that the metro area's $1,624 median estimated rent is "relatively high compared to home values," buying a home there "looks very attractive."

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