D.C. RESIDENTS KEEP MORE INCOME THAN ANYONE AFTER MORTGAGE, RENT

Assuming the median annual gross income and mortgage payment, homeowners in Washington, D.C., have almost $7,000 of their monthly income remaining after paying for their house, the most out of the 35 largest housing markets. The typical renter in Washington, D.C., has nearly $6,500 left over from their salary after their monthly rent payment, second only to San Jose at more than $6,800.

Residents of Los Angeles and Florida feel the pinch the most. Los Angeles homeowners have the least left over ($3,450)after paying their mortgage each month, followed by Miami, Tampa and Orlando. Renters in the three major Florida metros have the smallest pools of remaining spending money after they pay rent, with Los Angeles following just behind.

The outlook is even bleaker for those in Los Angeles when California’s substantial income tax rates are considered. On top of housing costs, these taxes cut further into the income left over for variable cost-of-living expenses like transportation, child care and education.

“In our quest for happiness, or at least satisfaction, we must accept tradeoffs. A good-paying job with career growth potential often comes with expensive housing, leaving less for life’s other essentials such as taxes, child care, transportation, medical services, food and leisure,” said Skylar Olsen, Zillow Director of Economic Research. “Finding that balance where housing costs leave a comfortable amount of spending money is tricky, especially when the prices of life’s non-housing essentials also vary widely by market.”

Overall affordability for home buyers worsened due to rising mortgage rates and continued strong home value appreciation throughout most of 2018. At its November peak, the average 30-year fixed rate in the U.S. had increased to 4.94% from 3.95% at the beginning of the year. However, mortgage rates have reversed course in recent weeks and dipped below 4.4% as future guidance has softened, while home value appreciation in the nation’s biggest markets is cooling rapidly – a signal that mortgage affordability could improve in the coming months.

A mortgage payment on the typical home in the U.S. required 17.5% of the median income in Q4 2018. This is up from 15.4% in the last quarter of 2017 but still below the historic average of 21% from the late 1980s and 1990s. Using this traditional measure of housing affordability, less expensive Midwest markets such as Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnatitop the list.

The typical U.S. renter spent 27.7% of their income on rent payments in 2018. This is down slightly from 28.1% in 2017, but higher than the historic average of 25.8%. Rent payments accounted for more than 30% of the median income in 13 large U.S. metros, widely considered the standard for unaffordable housing costs.

Metropolitan Area Leftover Income
After Paying
Mortgage
(Annual)
Leftover
Income After
Paying Rent
(Annual)
% Income Spent
on Mortgage
Payments
% Income
Spent on Rent
United States

$52,231

$45,781

17.5%

27.7%

New York, NY

$57,749

$50,474

27.2%

36.4%

Los Angeles-Long Beach-
Anaheim, CA

$41,426

$39,926

43.7%

45.7%

Chicago, IL

$60,395

$51,417

15.5%

28.1%

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

$58,484

$50,849

16.9%

27.7%

Philadelphia, PA

$60,116

$52,461

16.0%

26.7%

Houston, TX

$55,963

$47,200

15.3%

28.6%

Washington, DC

$83,642

$77,738

19.3%

25.0%

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

$42,533

$33,783

24.7%

40.2%

Atlanta, GA

$57,289

$50,886

15.7%

25.2%

Boston, MA

$67,165

$61,467

25.4%

31.8%

San Francisco, CA

$60,039

$66,423

44.2%

38.3%

Detroit, MI

$53,114

$46,379

12.9%

24.0%

Riverside, CA

$47,244

$41,899

27.7%

35.8%

Phoenix, AZ

$51,643

$47,725

20.1%

26.2%

Seattle, WA

$61,931

$59,523

28.1%

30.9%

Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

$66,794

$59,810

16.5%

25.2%

San Diego, CA

$51,259

$49,293

36.4%

38.8%

St. Louis, MO

$56,030

$50,475

12.8%

21.5%

Tampa, FL

$43,549

$37,072

19.5%

31.4%

Baltimore, MD

$66,463

$58,730

16.6%

26.3%

Denver, CO

$60,569

$55,445

24.8%

31.1%

Pittsburgh, PA

$54,214

$48,172

11.6%

21.4%

Portland, OR

$56,286

$53,567

25.8%

29.4%

Charlotte, NC

$53,545

$47,810

15.9%

24.9%

Sacramento, CA

$50,872

$48,370

28.3%

31.9%

San Antonio, TX

$49,100

$42,372

16.2%

27.7%

Orlando, FL

$45,543

$39,225

20.3%

31.4%

Cincinnati, OH

$56,022

$48,762

12.9%

24.2%

Cleveland, OH

$47,058

$40,379

13.2%

25.5%

Kansas City, MO

$56,475

$50,462

14.3%

23.4%

Las Vegas, NV

$46,338

$43,788

22.9%

27.1%

Columbus, OH

$57,453

$50,568

14.0%

24.3%

Indianapolis, IN

$53,919

$47,300

13.0%

23.7%

San Jose, CA

$62,335

$81,880

49.9%

34.1%

Austin, TX

$61,660

$56,491

19.7%

26.5%

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