Owning a home is a hallmark of American life. People often chase the ideal of having a house, a vehicle and a grill they can use during cookouts with friendly neighbors. There’s just one problem, according to Zillow home prices have been rising steadily since 2012, with many buyers also held back by stricter lending standards in the market since the housing crash in 2007.
Despite all of the reports to the contrary, a new survey from Credit Karma shows that millennials still value and desire owning a home. Ninety-two percent of Millennial couples we spoke to plan on buying a house. Having their own home factors in huge in how Millennials measure their own financial progress in life: 83 percent saw it as an essential part of what defines financial success.
Want to own a home? You may want to ditch the big city. We consulted our data to find the US cities where the highest percentage of Credit Karma members had mortgages, and small cities dominated. Of the top 15 cities, none had more than 250,000 residents, and all but three had less than 200,000.
Where the US cities with the highest average mortgages were all out west, the 15 cities where Credit Karma members had the lowest average mortgage according to our data* spread all over the country: the Midwest, South and Northeast.
If you’re thinking about buying property in California, you might need to see how deep your pockets go. While the Golden State is known for its beaches and endless summers, it’s also home to some of the priciest real estate in the country. According to Credit Karma user data,* of the 15 U.S. cities where our members have the highest average mortgages, 14 were located in California.
The housing market has seen a few straight months of increased sales in existing homes. Couple increased sales with a 5.5 percent rise in average home prices between May 2013 and 2014, and the market seems to be on the road to improvement.
Homebuying is almost a summer tradition in the United States, but the price for a new living space can vary wildly from place to place. Where does your city rank on the mortgage debt scale?
An analysis of the 10 U.S. cities with the lowest mortgage debt found a wide range in the 10 U.S. cities with the least average amount still owed on their homes.