NAR Infographic: How Recent Buyers Purchased Their Home

Washington, DC – Jan. 8, 2018 (PRNewswire) A strengthening U.S. economy, rising home values and the ongoing stretch of remarkable job creation sparked both growing demand and ability to purchase a home over the past year.

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While supply and affordability constraints are indeed making homebuying a challenging endeavor for many households, data from the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers reveals some hopeful news: an overwhelming majority of successful buyers obtained a mortgage and made a down payment of less than 20 percent.

Here is a look at how recent buyers purchased their home:

  • Median purchase price – $235,000
  • Obtained a mortgage – 88%
  • Down payment amount – 10 percent
  • Down payment sources – savings (59 percent); sales proceeds from previous home (38 percent)
  • Received down payment help from family/friends – 16 percent
  • Obtaining a mortgage was not difficult/easier than expected – 66 percent

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The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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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