A Seattle home, where "hotness" defies the weather.

To determine the hottest real estate markets for 2016, writes Zillow Porchlight contributor Catherine Sherman, analysts looked at the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) Forecast, recent income growth and current unemployment rates.

These variables were scaled and combined equally to form a "hotness score." Here's a look at the top 10 metros:

  1. Denver 
  2. Seattle 
  3. Dallas-Fort Worth 
  4. Richmond 
  5. Boise 
  6. Ogden 
  7. Salt Lake City 
  8. Omaha 
  9. Sacramento 
  10. Portland, OR
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