Here’s where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

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You’ll often hear the common rule of thumb that the price of a home shouldn’t exceed three times your annual income. This can help homebuyers avoid becoming house rich and cash poor.

However, following this rule isn’t as easy as it seems. Despite the national recession sparked by the global COVID-19 pandemic, pent-up buyer demand and a lack of affordable homes throughout much of the country has pushed home prices higher in recent months.

Although record-low mortgage rates may offset some of the price increases, many buyers will likely need to take out larger home loans. As home prices continue to rise, buyers with stagnant incomes may need to stretch their budgets to afford a mortgage.

To see where borrowers are stretching their dollars the most to buy homes, LendingTree used information from the 2019 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act’s dataset to analyze how much leverage buyers have in the nation’s 50 largest metro areas. “Leverage” refers to the ratio of how much money is borrowed compared to a person’s income. In other words, LendingTree’s study ranks the places where people are taking out the largest home loans relative to their incomes.

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Methodology

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

To determine the cities with the most leveraged homebuyer budgets, LendingTree looked at 2019 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data for the nation’s 50 largest Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs). HMDA is a federal law that requires most lenders to report their origination activity every year. From this HMDA data, which represents more than 5.3 million mortgage purchase loans, the median amount borrowed was divided by the median income for all purchases in the HMDA database for each city looked at in LendingTree’s study.

Here are the top 25 cities where homebuyers are being squeezed the most.

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25. Tie: Tampa, Florida

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $77,000

Median loan amount: $215,000

Leverage ratio: 2.792

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25. Tie: Jacksonville, Florida

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $77,000

Median loan amount: $215,000

Leverage ratio: 2.792

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24. Atlanta

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $79,000

Median loan amount: $225,000

Leverage ratio: 2.848

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23. Minneapolis

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $85,000

Median loan amount: $245,000

Leverage ratio: 2.882

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22. Richmond, Virginia

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $80,000

Median loan amount: $235,000

Leverage ratio: 2.938

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21. Orlando, Florida

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $79,000

Median loan amount: $235,000

Leverage ratio: 2.975

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20. Baltimore

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $92,000

Median loan amount: $275,000

Leverage ratio: 2.989

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19. Miami

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $88,000

Median loan amount: $265,000

Leverage ratio: 3.011

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18. Nashville

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $84,000

Median loan amount: $255,000

Leverage ratio: 3.036

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17. Phoenix

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $80,000

Median loan amount: $245,000

Leverage ratio: 3.063

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16. Providence, Rhode Island

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $83,000

Median loan amount: $255,000

Leverage ratio: 3.072

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15. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $76,000

Median loan amount: $235,000

Leverage ratio: 3.092

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14. Boston

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $120,000

Median loan amount: $375,000

Leverage ratio: 3.125

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13. New York

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $122,000

Median loan amount: $385,000

Leverage ratio: 3.156

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12. Sacramento, California

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $103,000

Median loan amount: $335,000

Leverage ratio: 3.252

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11. Washington, D.C.

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $114,000

Median loan amount: $375,000

Leverage ratio: 3.289

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10. Portland, Oregon

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $100,000

Median loan amount: $335,000

Leverage ratio: 3.35

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9. Las Vegas

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $79,000

Median loan amount: $265,000

Leverage ratio: 3.354

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8. Seattle

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $119,000

Median loan amount: $405,000

Leverage ratio: 3.403

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7. San Francisco

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $189,000

Median loan amount: $645,000

Leverage ratio: 3.413

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6. Riverside, California

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $92,000

Median loan amount: $315,000

Leverage ratio: 3.424

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5. San Jose, California

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $210,000

Median loan amount: $725,000

Leverage ratio: 3.452

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4. Denver

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $101,000

Median loan amount: $355,000

Leverage ratio: 3.515

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3. Salt Lake City

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $79,000

Median loan amount: $285,000

Leverage ratio: 3.608

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2. Los Angeles

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $138,000

Median loan amount: $505,000

Leverage ratio: 3.659

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1. San Diego, California

Here's where homebuyers are getting squeezed the most

Median income: $128,000

Median loan amount: $485,000

Leverage ratio: 3.789

This article originally appeared on LendingTree.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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