The unfortunate piece of their analysis is geographic: The best places to look for a starter home are out west.
In San Jose, for example, the price of a starter home on average falls 42 percent in the fourth quarter of the year, which is the peak for the number of homes listed for sale.
The median cost of a starter home in San Jose is $649,000, Trulia said. In contrast, the median price of a starter home in metro Atlanta is about $88,000.
The worst time for first-timers is the second quarter, when demand is at its height.
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