These are 2021’s finest cities for first-time homebuyers


Heavy competitors in in the present day’s dear housing market has sidelined some first-time consumers, particularly in main metropolitan areas. These consumers normally make up about 40% of the market, however now it is lower than a 3rd, in keeping with the Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors. The bulk are millennials, aged 25-34.

There’s nonetheless hope for homeownership, nonetheless. Whereas the pandemic has spurred sturdy demand for housing, it has additionally allowed for extra flexibility in the place individuals can stay, which advantages those self same first-time consumers.

So the place are the most effective bets for them in 2021? Not surprisingly, the Midwest.

4 of the highest 10 finest markets for first-time consumers, as decided by, are within the Midwest. Bloomington, Illinois, leads the listing. Iowa Metropolis, Iowa, ranked second, adopted by Kalamazoo, Michigan; Nice Falls, Montana; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Savannah, Georgia; Schenectady, New York; Taylorville, Utah; Harrisonburg, Virginia; and Speedy Metropolis, South Dakota.

All the prime markets have median dwelling costs under the present nationwide median of $370,000. Kalamazoo, Michigan, has the bottom median dwelling worth at $155,000, whereas Taylorsville, Utah, has the very best at $350,000.

However it isn’t nearly worth and affordability. To find out the most effective cities, checked out dwelling costs relative to native incomes, the share of 25- to 34-year-olds dwelling available in the market, the provision of houses on the market, job alternatives, distance to work, and facilities similar to bars and eating places. It additionally restricted the rankings to at least one metropolis per state.

“With 50% fewer houses available on the market this yr than final, the U.S. housing market is aggressive for all consumers,” mentioned Danielle Hale, chief economist at “First-time consumers are at an even bigger drawback since they do not have the funds from a earlier dwelling sale to assist with their down fee or compete with bidding wars.”

One other survey of potential first-time consumers by discovered that 44% of millennials mentioned they did not have sufficient for a down fee. A part of that, nonetheless, could also be that they don’t seem to be conscious of applications designed to assist them.

“There are some nice mortgage applications out there only for first-time homebuyers that enable for as little as 5% down with out mortgage insurance coverage,” mentioned Jennifer Myers, an actual property agent with Dwell who usually works with millennials and is one herself. “There are applications like this all through the nation and plenty of first-time consumers qualify however simply do not know about these superior methods to make their first dwelling extra inexpensive.”

If shopping for is out of the query, nonetheless, the most effective cities by which to seek out inexpensive, luxurious rental flats are largely within the South, in keeping with one other research by RENTCafe, an condo itemizing website. Georgia, particularly the Atlanta space, snagged the highest spots. Cities in Alabama and South Carolina adopted on the listing.