CNBC just analyzed the housing markets in 15 cities to determine what you need to earn in order to be able to afford the median home. I think it is fascinating to look at the range of home affordability across the country, so I’ve taken this one step further and looked at Median Home Affordability in Chapel Hill, Cary, Durham, Raleigh, and Pittsboro. I used the same assumptions in this article – that the borrower was able to put 20% down and had no other debt. I’ve used actual property tax rates for each of these local communities, estimated homeowner’s insurance conservatively, and just to be real, used a hypothetical $100 per month HOA fee. In addition, I calculated the required income at a 45% debt ratio to be conservative, when 50% is the actual hard and fast cut-off. And I realize many people will prefer to carry less than a 45% debt load.
I pulled the Median Home Value for each community from Zillow, and since I noted that the Median Home Listed For Sale is considerably more expensive than the Median Home in each community, I crunched the numbers for both values. After all, you can’t buy a home if it isn’t for sale!
Here is my chart for our area, based on 30 year fixed rates which were available on March 1, 2018 for a well qualified borrower.
And here is the article from CNBC: