Economist John Kolko recently put together a list of what he expects to be the strongest housing markets in the new year. Kolko says that ?The healthy markets that made the list have strong job growth (Bureau of Labor Statistics), which bodes well for housing demand; low vacancy rates (U.S. Postal Service)?low enough to encourage new construction, but not so low that inventory and sales are restrained; and low foreclosure inventory (RealtyTrac), since foreclosures tend to hold back recovery.?

1. Houston, TX
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Bethesda, MD
4. San Antonio, TX
5. Austin, TX
6. Seattle, WA
7. Omaha, NE
8. Peabody, MA
9. Fort Worth, TX
10. Louisville, KY

Of his top ten, some four are in Texas