1. You could be living in a mansion in almost any other state.
According to the latest Coldwell Banker annual report, the most expensive cities in the U.S to buy property are located in California. For the price of your modest single-family home in California, you could be roosting in a mega-mansion just about anywhere else in the nation. And we are not just talking San Francisco and LA, where studio condos run seven figures. Even second-tier cities like San Jose, once a bastion of blue-collar affordability, now sports median house prices of over $US 1 million. Take that cool mil to New Mexico or Montana and you could buy yourself a ten bedroom luxury ranch with acres of gorgeous Rocky Mountain land.