With 14% more people becoming first-time homeowners last year compared to the previous year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.
To determine the most favorable housing markets for first-time buyers, WalletHub took the pulse of real estate in 300 cities of varying sizes using 22 key metrics. The data set ranges from housing affordability to real-estate tax rate to property-crime rate.
|Best Cities for First-Time Home Buyers||Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers|
|1. Chesapeake, VA||291. Boston, MA|
|2. Gilbert, AZ||292. Burbank, CA|
|3. Lincoln, NE||293. Glendale, CA|
|4. Cape Coral, FL||294. Santa Barbara, CA|
|5. Boise, ID||295. San Mateo, CA|
|6. Hampton, VA||296. Los Angeles, CA|
|7. Peoria, AZ||297. Santa Monica, CA|
|8. Virginia Beach, VA||298. San Francisco, CA|
|9. Norfolk, VA||299. Oakland, CA|
|10. Surprise, AZ||300. Berkeley, CA|
Best vs. Worst
- Toledo, Ohio, has the most affordable housing (median house price divided by median annual household income), with a ratio of 1.06, which is 19.1 times cheaper than in Santa Barbara, California, the city with the least affordable housing, with a ratio of 20.29.
- Honolulu has the lowest real-estate tax rate, 0.29 percent, which is 12.9 times lower than in Waterbury, Connecticut, the city with the highest at 3.74 percent.
- Rochester, New York, has the highest rent-to-price ratio, 15.88 percent, which is 4.7 times higher than in Sunnyvale, California, the city with the lowest at 3.38 percent.
- New Orleans has the lowest total home-energy cost per month, $97.27, which is 4.8 times lower than in Honolulu, the city with the highest at $470.38.
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