Cities Where The Majority of Americans Can’t Afford a Home

In many large cities, more than 50% of households cannot afford a home

Los Angeles, CA – Jan. 2, 2018 (PRNewswire) Six cities on the U.S. coasts have a 70 percent or higher percentage of households that can’t afford a home, a new study found.

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Personal finance website GOBankingRates used the median home listing price in the 100 largest cities to calculate typical monthly mortgage payments. Using the rule that no more than 30 percent of income should go toward housing, GOBankingRates calculated the income needed to afford a mortgage. Researchers then compared this income to the number of households with income equal to or greater than that amount.

For full study results and more details on methodology, visit: Places Where 50% of Americans Can’t Afford a Home

Top Five Cities With the Highest Percentage of Households That Can’t Afford a Home

1. San Francisco, CA

Median listing price: $1,199,000
Percentage of households that can’t afford a home: 76.7 percent

2. Boston, MA

Median listing price: $725,000
Percentage of households that can’t afford a home: 75.7 percent

3. Miami, FL

Median listing price: $450,000
Percentage of households that can’t afford a home: 74.3 percent

4. Long Beach, CA

Median listing price: $549,900
Percentage of households that can’t afford a home: 73.5 percent

5. Los Angeles, CA

Median listing price: $749,000
Percentage of households that can’t afford a home: 72.9 percent

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Additional Study Insights

  • Perhaps unsurprising due to its high real estate prices, six of the top 10 cities with the highest percentage of households that can’t afford homes are in California.
  • Some surprising cities made the final list. In New Orleans, the median home price is $300,000 but 65.4 percent of households can’t afford a home because wages are lower.
  • Median home prices in Oakland, Calif., are half as expensive as they are across the bay in San Francisco.

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For Least Valuable U.S. Homes, Housing Crisis Recovery Lagging

Homes in the bottom third of the market lost 30 percent of their value during the housing bust and have yet to regain it

– National home values rose 6.9 percent from August 2016, to a Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) of $201,900. Home values in Seattle, Tampa, Fla. and San Jose saw the strongest appreciation.

– Rents across the country are up 1.9 percent year-over-year, to a Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) of $1,430 per month, with rent in Sacramento, Calif. and Seattle appreciating the most.

– The top and bottom thirds of the market in Detroit have seen the most uneven recovery in terms of homes regaining the value lost following the housing crisis.

Seattle, WA – Sept. 21, 2017 (PRNewswire) Median home values are reaching new peaks in more than half of the nation’s largest housing markets, but a closer look at which homes are regaining value reveals an uneven recovery in the biggest markets.

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More than 50 percent of U.S. homes have reached or surpassed the value they reached during the housing boom period, according to the August Zillow® Real Estate Market Report(i), but the types of homes that are recovering are not the same, particularly in the most populated places. In 24 of the nation’s largest 35 markets, the homes in the bottom third of the market are least likely to have recovered the value lost when the housing bubble burst.

Detroit has seen one of the least balanced recoveries following the Great Recession. Nearly two-thirds of the most expensive homes in Detroit have regained the value lost when the market collapsed. The typical top-tier home value in Detroit is $284,800, higher than it was during the housing bubble. In comparison, homes in the bottom third have only regained 33.7 percent of their lost value, and are now worth a median of $53,000. Only 10.6 percent of these homes have fully returned to their peak values.

As homes are often the most expensive asset someone owns, the recovery contributes to the growing wealth gap across the country. Household incomes show a similar pattern of inequality, according to newly released Census data(ii). The median household income across the United States increased in 2016, but those in the top 20 percent of earners took home more than half of the overall income.

“The housing market as a whole is moving at a steady clip, with high demand and low inventory combining to maintain strong home value appreciation,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Most new construction has been at the higher end of the market, so demand for the limited supply of entry-level homes is pushing up their values, but these homes also lost more value when the bubble burst. Many of these homeowners are still waiting to see their homes come back to where they were about 10 years ago. Even as headline numbers show an overall recovery, there are still thousands of Americans struggling to bounce back from the housing bust.”

The median home value in the U.S. rose 6.9 percent over the last year to a Zillow Home Value Index(iii) of $201,900. Seattle is the only major U.S. market where home values rose at a double-digit annual pace, up 12.4 percent since last August to a median home value of $453,100. Tampa home values rose 9.3 percent, and the median home is worth $187,400.

Annual rent appreciation grew for the fourth consecutive month, with rents increasing 1.9 percent from last August to a Zillow Rent Index(iv) of $1,430.

Limited inventory leaves few options for buyers. Nationally there were 12.6 percent fewer homes available in August 2017 than there were in August 2016. San Jose and San Diego saw the biggest annual declines in inventory, down 59.4 percent and 37.2 percent respectively.

Mortgage rates(v) on Zillow ended August at 3.62 percent, near the lowest level of the month. Rates moved steadily lower throughout the month after starting at a high of 3.72 percent(vi). Zillow’s real-time mortgage rates are based on thousands of custom mortgage quotes submitted daily to anonymous borrowers on the Zillow Mortgages site and reflect the most recent changes in the market.

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Zillow® is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help. In addition, Zillow operates an industry-leading economics and analytics bureau led by Zillow’s Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. Dr. Gudell and her team of economists and data analysts produce extensive housing data and research covering more than 450 markets at Zillow Real Estate Research. Zillow also sponsors the quarterly Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey, which asks more than 100 leading economists, real estate experts and investment and market strategists to predict the path of the Zillow Home Value Index over the next five years. Launched in 2006, Zillow is owned and operated by Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG), and headquartered in Seattle.

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(i) The Zillow Real Estate Market Reports are a monthly overview of the national and local real estate markets. The reports are compiled by Zillow Real Estate Research. For more information, visit www.zillow.com/research/. The data in Zillow’s Real Estate Market Reports are aggregated from public sources by a number of data providers for 928 metropolitan and micropolitan areas dating back to 1996. Mortgage and home loan data are typically recorded in each county and publicly available through a county recorder’s office. All current monthly data at the national, state, metro, city, ZIP code and neighborhood level can be accessed at www.zillow.com/local-info/ and www.zillow.com/research/data.

(ii) https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2017/demo/p60-259.html

(iii) The Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) is the median estimated home value for a given geographic area on a given day and includes the value of all single-family residences, condominiums and cooperatives, regardless of whether they sold within a given period. It is expressed in dollars, and seasonally adjusted.

(iv) The Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) is the median Rent Zestimate® (estimated monthly rental price) for a given geographic area on a given day, and includes the value of all single-family residences, condominiums, cooperatives and apartments in Zillow’s database, regardless of whether they are currently listed for rent. It is expressed in dollars.

(v) Mortgage rates for a 30-year fixed mortgage

(vi) Monthly high occurred on August 1st

Redfin Study Reveals Most and Least Affordable Neighborhoods Served by Highly Ranked Schools

Real Estate Brokerage Finds Prices for Similar Homes in the Same Area Vary Greatly based on School Ranking

SEATTLE, Sept. 25, 2013 (PRNewswire) Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage (www.redfin.com), today released a report on the correlation between home prices and school rankings. Using Multiple Listing Services (MLS), databases used by real estate brokers, Redfin looked at homes that sold between May 1 and July 31, 2013 to calculate median sale price and price per square foot of homes within school zones. Redfin uncovered more than 20 highly ranked zones across the country in which home prices are relatively low.

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Not surprisingly, the report showed that home prices are higher when served by highly ranked schools. On average, homebuyers pay an average of $50 more per square foot for homes served by a top-ranked school than for homes served by an average-ranked school. However, the unexpected findings include large price differences for very similar homes located in the same neighborhood, but served by different schools.

Coastal California leads the way in terms of cost, with homes in the highest ranking school zones running from $300,000 more in Los Angeles to nearly $500,000 more in San Jose. Although the dollar cost differences in Miami and Phoenix were not as great, homes in the top-ranked school zones were still more than twice the price of homes in the average-ranked school zones, going from about $150,000 to $300,000 in median home sale price.

US Median Price Per Square Foot Vs Elementary School Test Scores

At the other end of the spectrum, Queens, NY, Raleigh, NC, and Eugene, OR offer smaller price differentials when going from an average-ranked school to a top-ranked school.

To read the full report, please click or past the following link: blog.redfin.com.

About this Report
School and home coverage consisted of 10,811 elementary school zones across 57 metro areas and included 407,509 home sales. School zone boundaries were provided by Maponics. School data and school test scores were provided by Onboard Informatics and GreatSchools. Percentile rankings are based on test scores for each of the schools.

About Redfin
Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate broker that represents people buying and selling homes. Founded and run by technologists, Redfin has a team of experienced, full-service real estate agents who are advocates, not sales-people, earning customer-satisfaction bonuses, not commissions. Redfin’s online tools feature all the broker-listed homes for sale, as well as for-sale-by-owner properties that don’t pay brokers a commission. The company serves 22 U.S. markets and has closed more than $8 billion in home sales. In 2012, Redfin was named one of The DIGITAL 100: World’s Most Valuable Private Tech Companies by Business Insider. Follow us on our blog (blog.redfin.com), Twitter (@redfin), and Facebook (facebook.com/redfin), Redfin Collections (www.redfin.com/collections), and on our mobile apps (www.redfin.com/mobile).