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Realtor.com on Thursday released its top markets for first-time buyers for the upcoming home buying season.

To arrive at the ten top markets, Realtor analyzed the following five factors: market popularity, affordable list prices, supply of inventory (short supplies can cause bidding wars, pricing out first time buyers), reasonable time on market (again considering the effect of bidding wars), and steady employment.

Now, a countdown of representative homes from the top ten markets for first-time buyers.

—By Colleen Kane, special to CNBC.com

Posted 27 March 2014

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