overleveraged

With mortgage rates at historic lows, many people might be tempted to buy a home before they’re financially ready.

In order to determine where homeowners have the most unsustainable mortgage debts in the country, WalletHub recently released the 2017 Home Overleverage Report. Their analysts compared the median mortgage debt to the median income and median home value in more than 2,500 U.S. cities.

Dallas did not fare well when it comes to overleveraged mortgage debtors.

“Dallas ranked fairly well when compared to other major cities as it has an affordable median house value at $135,400,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “However, the median earnings per individual are fairly low at just $27,935, which makes it harder to pay off a $131,144 median individual mortgage debt.”

Many residents are simply taking on more mortgage debt than they can handle, and putting very little money forward as a down payment.

“Being overleveraged can make it harder for homeowners to make their monthly payments, possibly leading to defaulting on their mortgages,” she said. “The city was ranked and scored based on its mortgage debt-to-income ratio and mortgage debt-to-house value ratio. Dallas’ overall rank is mostly due to its high debt-to-income ratio, at 469 percent.”

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dallas housing

We’ve been saying it for ages: the Dallas housing market (DFW, really) is on fire. This is evidenced by a shortage of housing stock, incredible buyer demand, construction everywhere, and a tendency of many houses to fly on and off the market in a matter of days (especially those under $300K), among other things.

Now, it’s easy to find an expert to support almost any position. But we’ve found a few with reputable sources and a history of accuracy that agree with us. We’re interested in why they think the Dallas housing market is one of the strongest in the nation. Read on to find out more.

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Best real estate markets 2016

Nearly a decade after the housing crisis that sent the U.S. economy into freefall, housing is most certainly back—just look at our DFW market. Citing U.S. Census Bureau data, the New York Times recently reported that sales of new single-family homes nationwide were higher this past July than in nearly 10 years.

Nationwide, a company that tracks the health of U.S. real estate, reported at the end of quarter two that “the overall U.S. housing market is sustainable,” adding that “few regional housing markets are vulnerable to a housing downturn.”

In a new study, financial services site WalletHub compared 300 U.S. cities across 16 key metrics to help prospective home buyers find the most attractive real-estate markets. Their data set ranges from “median home-price appreciation” to “housing affordability” to “job growth.”

North Texas cities scored big: Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Allen, and Plano made their top-ten list of best real estate markets nationwide in 2016. Denton, Carrollton, Fort Worth, Irving, Grand Prairie, and Dallas scored in the top 50.

So what made DFW cities score so high?

“North Texas cities have healthy and sustainable real estate markets,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “Very few homes have negative equity, home appreciation in the past seven years has continued to increase, and foreclosure rates are extremely low. In addition to having a healthy real estate market, these cities are affordable with low maintenance costs and cost of living. Not to mention, the economic environment in North Texas is thriving, boasting some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country (under 3 percent across the board).”

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Best and Worst Texas Cities for Families

The Lone Star State is thriving economically, doing much better than many other parts of the country. We’ve also got hoards of people moving here for jobs at places like Plano’s Toyota headquarters near Frisco, JPMorgan Chase, and Liberty Mutual Insurance. As these people consider DFW, ranking the cities becomes important.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, just released an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best Texas Cities for Families. The good news? Eight cities in North Texas made the top ten. The bad news? Dallas is ranked 107 out of 112.

Analysts at WalletHub compared 112 of the state’s cities across 21 key metrics in four categories: family life and fun; education, health, and safety; affordability; and socioeconomic environment. Their data set ranges from the number of playgrounds per capita to the the violent-crime and divorce rates.

So what made the ‘burbs so appealing and Dallas rank so poorly?

“Many big cities struggle in being family-friendly, especially depending on the size of the family— Dallas ranked poorly due to having the 2nd most expensive housing market in the state and the 4th lowest median family income (adjusted for cost of living) at just $47,428 per year,” said Jill Gonzalez, a WalletHub analyst. “It also has both a high crime rate and divorce rate, 27.18 percent, ranking 99th.”

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