Buyer's market: The top cities with an increase in affordable housing

Real estate agent Lauren Newman, right, prepares to show Steve Martin a home for sale in Mount Pleasant, S.C., just over the bridge from historic Charleston (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

A new study showed that while middle-income home prices are on the rise, more Americans in metropolitan areas have the purchasing power to buy a home currently on the market.

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Reatlor.com reported 74 of 100 metro areas became more affordable in April, an increase from the previous month when only 44 saw improved affordability compared to last year.

The study compares the number of listings available that are considered affordable to people based on their median income.

Below are the top cities that saw the biggest improvements in the availability of affordable homes, showing a rise in income and real estate listed on the market, along with a decrease in home prices in their area, according to Realtor.com.

10. CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Median Home Price: $329,450

9. DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TEXAS

Median Home Price: $350,000

8. AUSTIN, TEXAS

Median Home Price: $369,995

7. CAPE CORAL-FORT MYERS, FLORIDA

Median Home Price: $299,900

6. PORTLAND, OREGON

Median Home Price: $474,975

5. ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Median Home Price: $335,000

4. LAKELAND-WINTER HAVEN, FLORIDA

Median Home Price: $231,500

3. SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Median Home Price: $954,500

2. DES MOINES, CALIFORNIA

Median Home Price: $288,000

1. SAN JOSE-SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA

Median Home Price: $1,167,444

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