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What if the results of the NCAA college basketball tournament were based on the “hotness” of each team’s local housing market?
Now we know what that might look like.
Realtor.com teamed up with online ticket marketplace Vivid Seats to find the ZIP code with the most ticket sales for each team in the tournament. Then they evaluated each ZIP code’s real estate “hotness” by measuring Realtor.com page views and the speed of home sales between November 2015 and February 2016. They took the tournament bracket, and resolved each matchup according to which housing market is hotter.
Take a look at the Elite Eight based on their ZIP code hotness score — with 1 being the hottest score — and find out which team is the predicted winner (for real estate, not basketball).