HOME BUYING IS HARD WORK
This is how long it takes Fort Worth home buyers to save for a down payment, report says
With home prices rising for most of 2022 in Fort Worth and around the country, thoughts about saving for a down payment have been distressing, to say the least.
A new study says Fort Worth buyers will need to work for 3.65 years, saving 20 percent of their income, for a 20 percent down payment. Compared to Los Angeles where it takes the longest (11.6 years) and New York (10 years), that's somewhat encouraging.
SmartAsset.com, a consumer-focused financial information and advice website, analyzed and ranked the 50 largest U.S. cities on how long it takes the average household to save for a home, with calculations for a 12 percent or 20 percent down payment. The study compared the median household income and median home values for each area to determine the rankings.
Fort Worth came in 27th, right in the middle of the pack, as did most Texas cities.
With a median income of $68,235 and a median home value of $249,000 in Fort Worth, only 2.19 years of work and saving would be needed for a 12 percent down payment.
By comparison, neighboring Dallas came in 24th. Dallas buyers will need to work for 4.61 years, saving 20 percent of their income, for a 20 percent down payment. With a median income of $57,995 and a median home value of $267,600 in Dallas, 2.77 years of work and saving would be needed for a 12 percent down payment.
That's comparable to Houston, where the median income of $55,499 and median home price of $236,700 placed the city 31st out of 50. Houstonians need to work, on average, 2.56 years to save for a 12 percent down payment and 4.26 years for a 20 percent down payment.
Austin was the only Texas city to rank in the top third, tying with Las Vegas for 14th place. The median home value of $482,900 in Austin requires 3.64 or 6.07 years of saving for a 12 or 20 percent down payment at a median income of $79,542.
Elsewhere in North Texas and around the state:
- Arlington came in at number 32 with 2.55 or 4.25 years of work needed to save for the $254,700 median home price on a $59,889 median income.
- San Antonio placed 38th with 2.16 or 3.60 years of work needed to save for the $197,600 median home price on a $54,923 median income.
- El Paso came in 48th with 1.97 or 2.98 years of work needed to save for the $152,800 median home price on a $51,241 median income.
Texans looking to save for a shorter time without moving too far away might look to Oklahoma, where Tulsa ranked 42nd (2.02 or 3.37 years,) and Oklahoma City tied with Memphis, Tennessee for 46th place (1.97 or 3.22 years.)