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Buying a Starter Home Is Now a Myth for Most Fresno Renters

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Fresno renters have an average annual household income of $34,357. To afford a starter home, they would have to earn $72,117 a year. (Shutterstock)
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The average Fresno renter household would need 52% more in annual income to buy a so-called starter home, according to the real estate website Point2.

Fresno renters have an average annual household income of $34,357. To afford a starter home, they would have to earn $72,117 a year.

Point2 says that there are only four large U.S. cities in which renters earn 100% or more of what they need to acquire a starter home. They are Detroit, Tulsa, Memphis, and Oklahoma City.

“Due to the increasing cost of land, as well as zoning restrictions and skyrocketing costs for building materials, the modest, bare-bones homes of yesteryear have become the stuff of myths and legends — the actual unicorns of the real estate market. More elusive than ever, this type of home seems almost extinct,” analyzes Point2.

Scant Starter Home Construction in the US Today

The rapid increase in mortgage rates — from 3.14% a year ago to more than 7% today— as a tool to cool off inflation is also crushing the dreams of homebuyers.

Once upon a time, 70% of all new single-family residential construction was 1,400 square feet or less and the first step on the property ladder for young families. Less than 7% of new construction fits this description today.

Now, a starter home is simply any house priced in the lower third of the market. What’s more, investors and downsizing retirees are competing for these properties.

Read more at this Point2 link.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email