2017 Coldwell Banker Bracket of Affordability

The NCAA Tournament field of 68 teams is set, but only one can be the home affordability champion.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! March Madness is here and inevitably your bracket is already busted, but you just don’t know it yet. With the brackets set, it can mean only one thing – it’s time for the annual Coldwell Banker Bracket of Affordability.


2017 Bracket of Affordability

Each year we fill out a tournament bracket but instead of using logic, basketball know-how and intuition to determine the winner, we use the average listing price in each college market. It’s my pleasure to crown this year’s Bracket of Affordability champion – the Dayton Flyers of Dayton, OH.

Dayton is known for being a hotbed of college basketball fandom, but it’s also one of the most affordable towns in the United States. The average listing price in Dayton, OH is only $71,069. Compare that to the most expensive market in this year’s tournament, St. Mary’s hometown of Moraga, CA, which saw an average listing price of $963,843, and you could buy a dozen homes in Dayton for one in Moraga.

The Final Four in our Bracket of Affordability in addition to Dayton includes Marquette (Milwaukee, WI – $119,854), Notre Dame (South Bend, IN – $105,568), and Michigan State (Lansing, MI – $72,759).

The #1 seed that made it the farthest was actually Gonzaga (Spokane, WA – $166,076) who made it to the Sweet 16. All the other #1 seeds were knocked out in the first round. The only #2 seed to make it past the first round was Arizona (Tuscon, AZ – $148,749) who got as far as the Elite 8 before running into Notre Dame. Typical Sean Miller team…

You can check out the average listing price for every one of the 68 college markets in the 2017 Coldwell Banker Bracket of Affordability or explore homes for sale in any market on coldwellbanker.com.

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David Marine is the Chief Marketing Officer at Coldwell Banker, where he oversees the brand’s marketing efforts and content strategy including acting as managing editor for the Coldwell Banker blog and heading up video production efforts. While CMO by day, David runs a three ring circus at night as he is the father of 4 boys. He also happens to be married to Wonder Woman. True story.

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  1. Len Wallace
    March 13, 2017

    Hey David
    Great news and fun facts.
    Len Wallace

    • David Marine
      March 13, 2017

      Thanks Len! Glad you enjoyed it. Good luck on your brackets.

  2. Jamie Iodice
    March 13, 2017

    I think there is an error? Michigan State’s numbers show more affordable than Miami?

    • David Marine
      March 13, 2017

      Yup. We caught that earlier. Everything has been adjusted. Thanks for pointing that out!


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