An early look at’s national monthly housing data shows a clear change in market trend in February, pointing to an increase in listings going forward.

“The price appreciation we’ve witnessed over recent months seems to be working to encourage more sellers to put their homes on the market,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist. “A higher level of inventory along with growing demand should result in more contracts for both existing and new homes in February, leading to more closings in March.”

Despite the growth in listings, the market still favors sellers as the median age of inventory continues to be down year-over-year.

By looking at February data and website traffic as the home buying season approaches, Smoke was able to determine the 20 hottest markets in the country, based on the number of listing views relative to the number of listings.

Here are the markets with the fastest growing inventories:

  1. Waco, Texas
  2. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
  3. Santa Rosa, California
  4. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado
  5. Vallejo-Fairfield, California
  6. Ann Arbor, Minnesota
  7. Fort Wayne, Indiana
  8. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California
  9. Charleston, West Virginia
  10. San Luis Obispo et al, California
  11. Columbus, Ohio
  12. Boulder, Colorado
  13. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan
  14. Hartford-West Hartford et al, Connecticut
  15. Manchester-Nashua, New Hampshire
  16. San Francisco-Oakland et al, California
  17. San Diego-Carlsbad, California
  18. Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina
  19. Toledo, Ohio
  20. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts/New Hampshire