The Riverina is the seventh "happiest" regional centre in the country for achieving above expectations in property prices, according to a nation-wide home seller survey.
RateMyAgent Price Expectation Report found homeowners in the region are 46 per cent happier than the national average.
Tasmania's capital city Hobart came in at number one, followed by the south-east region of Tasmania.
The Riverina was the first area in NSW to be ranked and the state's mid north coast followed.
Beck Collins bought her first home at The Rock in March and said she was able to purchase the home under the market value.
"Working in the industry I had my eye out and I looked around for a little while," she said.
"Being from a small country town I wanted a bit of space and I've got a dog who's a psychopath; I looked at several houses in Wagga and Quinty, before I saw this house.
"It's on a half-acre block, good little house and it was just so much more affordable than actually living in Wagga."
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Ms Collins, originally from West Wyalong, said the 20 minute drive into town does not bother her and she enjoys the country atmosphere.
"It's a good trip to wind down from work and also wind myself up for work ... I love it out there," she said.
"I get my eggs from my next door neighbours, it's a typical country town which is great and you wouldn't get that in Wagga or Sydney.
"The price was probably in line with my expectations as I know that it had been advertised for quite some time, so the gentleman selling was happy to negotiate."
Ms Collins was able to purchase the home below market value, which meant she could spend that money on some renovations.
Remax Elite Wagga director Dave Skow said he was not surprised the region ranked high for property price satisfaction.
"Wagga is quite a big city which is still pretty affordable when compared to other centres of its size and proximity to metropolitan areas," he said.
Mr Skow said Wagga's remoteness from the major cities is likely a major factor contributing to housing affordability.
"We're still probably a little bit remote, with about five hours from Sydney and Melbourne, compared to other regional centres closer to the major cities," he said.
"I think Wagga historically is a market which continues to motor on.
"We don't see big sharp rises or the sharp falls which the metro areas do; it's consistently going up, a little bit at a time."
Mr Skow said the Riverina is particularly attractive from an investors point-of-view, with rental properties in Wagga producing strong returns of 5.5 to 7 per cent gross yields compared to two or three per cent in the metros.