"What began as a modest shift toward a buyers’ market in six cities last month has expanded into a national shift in affordability," Mark Fleming, chief economist for First American, said in a press release. "The shift is a departure from the long-term trend in the Real House Price Index, which had been steadily increasing throughout the rising mortgage rate environment that began in 2017 and continued until late 2018. Rising mortgage rates caused consumer house-buying power to decline at the same time as tight supply pushed house prices up rapidly."
However, not all cities are experiencing this shift. Some still have a gap between home prices and affordability. From secondary markets along the East Coast to the heart of the Midwest, here's a look at cities where consumers are losing ground in home buying power as summer approaches.
The data, from the First American Real House Price Index, measures annual home price changes, taking local wages and mortgage rates into account "to better reflect consumers' purchasing power and capture the true cost of housing."
The March 2019 data is ranked by the largest year-over-year changes in RHPI.
No. 12 Minneapolis, Minn.
Year-over-year RHPI: 2.26% RHPI: 89.94 Median sale price: $245,950
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No. 11 Virginia Beach, Va.
Year-over-year RHPI: 2.32% RHPI: 90.65 Median sale price: $206,375
The boardwalk and highrise hotels in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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No. 10 Cleveland, Ohio
Year-over-year RHPI: 2.77% RHPI: 49.83 Median sale price: $131,750
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No. 9 Raleigh, N.C.
Year-over-year RHPI: 2.93% RHPI: 81.48 Median sale price: $242,125
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No. 8 Phoenix, Ariz.
Year-over-year RHPI: 3.05% RHPI: 88.72 Median sale price: $251,038
City of Phoenix Panorama. Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
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No. 7 Orlando, Fla.
Year-over-year RHPI: 3.24% RHPI: 94.06 Median sale price: $218,750
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No. 6 Las Vegas, Nev.
Year-over-year RHPI: 3.35% RHPI: 83.17 Median sale price: $268,825
No. 5 Milwaukee, Wis.
Year-over-year RHPI: 3.48% RHPI: 93.67 Median sale price: $175,038
No. 4 Cincinnati, Ohio
Year-over-year RHPI: 3.63% RHPI: 64.61 Median sale price: $144,375
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No. 3 Atlanta, Ga.
Year-over-year RHPI: 3.69% RHPI: 72.08 Median sale price: $196,914
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No. 2 Providence, R.I.
Year-over-year RHPI: 5.52% RHPI: 94.90 Median sale price: $258,488
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No. 1 Columbus, Ohio
Year-over-year RHPI: 5.87% RHPI: 60.29 Median sale price: $179,575
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