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San Diego: Study says you need to make $131k a year to afford a home

San Diego was one of the least-affordable U.S. metro areas for buying a home in the second quarter, said a recently-released study from mortgage website HSH.

Potential buyers needed to make $130,986 a year to afford the median-priced single-family house.

Only two other metro areas were less affordable — San Jose and San Francisco — said the study, which crunched numbers for 50 regions across the United States.

HSH determined rankings by looking at quarterly home price data, local property taxes, homeowner insurance costs and income needed to qualify for a loan. It also assumed that prospective homebuyers made a 20 percent down payment.

The most affordable metropolitan area was Pittsburgh where the required annual salary to afford a median-priced home was $38,253. Other affordable cities for homebuyers were Cleveland ($39,253), Oklahoma City ($40,780).

Keith Gumbinger, HSH.com’s vice president, said rising mortgage rates are only a small part of the difficulty for potential buyers.

“Unfortunately, even if rates don’t go up very much,” he said, “part of the issue we run into is that home prices are rising so quickly.”

San Diego has been locked at the No.3 spot since HSH expanded the study to 50 metros three years ago. Los Angeles was No.4, which usually is seen as less affordable than America’s Finest City — but Gumbinger said the larger pool of homes in Los Angeles reduced the median cost in comparison to San Diego.

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San Diego home prices increases among highest in nation

San Diego was among the top three cities in the U.S. with the biggest annual home price increases in September, said a key real estate index released Tuesday.

The region’s home prices have risen 8.2 percent in a year, said the S&P Case-Shiller Indices. Only Seattle and Las Vegas had bigger increases in the 20-city index.

San Diego also made its way into the top three cities in the previous month. Before that, the last time it received that distinction was 2014.

Susan Wachter, a real estate economics professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, said San Diego’s price increases show steady job growth but, like much of the nation, a lack of homes for sale.

“Every job doesn’t come along with a new house. That’s the bottom line,” she said. “Supply doesn’t necessarily respond to demand, and it hasn’t.”

San Diego County added 24 new homes for every 100 jobs created from 2012 to 2016, according to building permits and the U.S. Census. As of September, the region was adding about 30 homes per 100 jobs.

San Diego’s yearly increase outpaced the nationwide gain of 6.2 percent and the other California cities covered by the index, Los Angeles (6.2 percent) and San Francisco (7 percent).

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SD County home median price under $500k

The San Diego County median home price was $495,000 in January, unchanged for three months, CoreLogic said.

In October, the median hit $507,500 — its highest point in a decade — but has remained under half a million dollars since and pushed the nominal 2005 peak of $517,500 (or $644,487 in 2016 dollars) further out of reach.

January is typically the slowest month of the year, a lingering effect of buyers and sellers closing up shop for the holidays. There were 2,480 sales this January, up 4.6 percent from the same time last year.

Alan Gin, economist at University of San Diego, said a reason for the unmoved median home price could be rising interest rates since Donald Trump’s election victory and high prices.

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