Charleston is among the nation’s 100 best markets for investing in real estate, according to the home investment franchise company HomeVestors.

The Charleston area was ranked 85th on the list for the third quarter of 2012.

That’s better than cities including Seattle, Nashville, and Austin, Texas.

But Charleston ranked below Greenville (69th), Columbia (52nd), and some struggling cities in other states including Scranton, Pa (83rd) and Detroit (4th).

Las Vegas topped the list, which HomeVestors said was based upon a combination of home prices, job growth, and unemployment data.