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Real estate has been challenging for many buyers this year, with home prices up sharply and inventory at record low levels. Some buyers may get a break in 2022, but it’s not likely to be in some of the nation’s smaller cities that have seen strong housing demand due to remote work during the pandemic. 

The cities that are likely to see the strongest price increases and home sales are described as second-tier cities that offer better affordability and more space compared with the nation’s largest cities, according to a new forecast from It based its forecasts on recent home sales as well as economic trends, such as unemployment and household growth.