Fort Worth home owners are experiencing some sticker shock. Among the country’s 50 biggest metro areas, Dallas-Fort Worth saw the 10th biggest rise nationally in mortgage payments from March 2021 to this March 2022, according to a new report from real estate platform Zillow.
The report shows a year-over-over change of 48 percent in the typical DFW-area mortgage payment. That figure is based on principal and interest for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage with a 20 percent down payment.
That compares with a nationwide jump of 38 percent.
Zillow says Dallas-Fort Worth's typical monthly mortgage payment is $1,445.
But, let's say it again: "At least we aren't Austin." The Capitol City saw the biggest spike nationally — a whopping 63.5 percent — last year. Zillow pegged the Austin metro area’s typical monthly mortgage payment at $2,299.
“Home shoppers are facing a one-two affordability punch this spring: Quickly rising mortgage rates are compounding affordability challenges that have been brought on by record home value growth,” Zillow says.
Other major Texas metro areas experienced year-to-year spikes in the typical monthly mortgage payment, but not nearly at the level witnessed in Austin. By comparison:
- Dallas-Fort Worth ranked 10th with a 48 percent year-over-year increase in the typical monthly mortgage payment ($1,445).
- San Antonio ranked 16th with a 42.8 percent year-over-year increase in the typical monthly mortgage payment ($1,256).
- Houston ranked 21st with a 38.8 percent year-over-year increase in the typical monthly mortgage payment ($1,144).
Among the 50 biggest metro areas, Washington, D.C., registered the lowest year-over-year increase in the typical monthly mortgage payment, 27.4 percent, the Zillow report shows.
“Higher mortgage rates were anticipated this year, but the speed of their rise has been breathtaking,” says Jeff Tucker, Zillow’s senior economist. “Record-low mortgage rates had been an affordability lifeline during the pandemic, keeping monthly payments in check even while prices climbed quickly.”
“March was the biggest test yet of whether enough buyers can meet the new asking prices to keep home values growing at a record pace, and the answer was ‘So far, yes,’” Tucker adds. “There will be a point when the cost of buying a home deters enough buyers to bring price growth back down to earth, but for now, there is plenty of fuel in the tank as home-shopping season kicks into gear.”