Show Me the Money
Owning a house is expensive, even if you just strip it down to the principal, interest, taxes, and insurance. So what kind of salary do you need to afford a median-priced home in Dallas?
More than last year, it turns out. Mortgage tracking site HSH.com once again analyzed 27 major U.S. metros and found that Big D is experiencing a decrease in mortgage rates and a major uptick in home prices. Put those two together and you also get a nearly $3,000 increase in the salary necessary to make it all happen.
In Dallas, the annual income needed now to comfortably sign on the dotted line is $54,764.49, compared to last year's $48,786.53. With this salary and a mortgage rate of 3.76, homebuyers can afford a $232,200 home with an average monthly payment of $1,277.84.
The data puts Dallas at No. 14, sandwiched between Philadelphia and Baltimore. It has flip-flopped with No. 16 Houston, which last year was the most expensive Texas metro. Now $52,274.68 will buy a $217,400 house there with a monthly payment of $1,219.74.
No. 19 San Antonio saw a significant increase in its second quarter, with salaries alone jumping up $1,780. That brings the total to $48,752.98 in order to afford a $210,500 home.
The website also calculates what salary would be required if a 10 percent down payment were used instead of the more traditional 20 percent and the sum is, predictably, much larger. In Dallas, the amount is nearly 10 grand more: $62,663. In Houston, it's $59,664, and in San Antonio it's $55,888.
San Francisco is still the most expensive city overall, with the median home price having gone up from $742,900 to $885,600. If you want to buy there, you'd better be earning at least $161,947.60 — way, way higher than the national average of $52,699.17.