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RealtyTrac Knows if You’ve Been Bad or Good

You better watch out because Santa’s not the only one with his eye on you this year. Last Thursday, RealtyTrac released its lists of the ten “nicest and naughtiest” housing markets in the country. Six Texas cities can expect to unwrap something cool under the tree this year.

In compiling its lists, the housing market analytics firm studied various quality-of-life factors in 334 U.S. markets — factors that are often important to house hunters. Cities making the nice list had school scores that were nearly twice the national average; crime rates of no more than one-third the national average; average 4.6 unemployment rate or lower; no more than 24 foreclosures per 10,000 housing units; and no more than four sex offenders per 10,000 people.

At number three, Pearland ranked highest of the six Texas cities on the list. Frisco came in fifth, while Sugar Land, Richardson, Katy and College Station filled the next four slots.

The top two spots were claimed by Cary, NC, and Fairfax, Va.

And no Texas cities need to worry about finding coal in their stockings this year. None made RealtyTrac’s naughty list.

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