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Austin, TX, Joins The Half A Million Club

Katie Jensen
Apr 08, 2022
Skyscraper and money

Home price inflation reaches new heights, giving rise to median home prices of $500K

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • 11 of the nation’s top 50 metros by homes sold are in the half a million club.
  • Austin, TX, is the newest metro area with median home price of $500,00, finishing March with a 22.7% annual increase in home prices.
  • Home prices rose 16.2% year-over-year nationwide in March to bring the national unaffordability score to 4.7, up from 4.4 last month. 

Home price inflation has reached new heights, giving rise to the half a million club; a list of metro areas in the United States where the median home price is $500,000. Austin, TX, is the newest metro area to join the club, finishing March with a 22.7% annual increase in home prices. 

Ever since pricey Central Texas reached the watermark, 11 of the nation’s top 50 metros by homes sold have made it in the half a million club. Yet another indicator that the home price boom is hitting the market. 

San Francisco surged ahead of San Diego with a massive swing in median home sold price in March. The median home price in San Francisco reached $1.3 million, according to data from real estate search site Movoto by OJO, under the parent company OJO Labs. That represents a 16% year-over-year increase after the median home price slightly dipped year-over-year in February. On a month-over-month basis, the median home price in San Francisco rose 26.8%. 

That slight dip occurred throughout the Bay Area in California when shoppers decided to stay out of the market as prices climbed higher, fewer homes were for sale, the Russian - Ukraine war kicked off, and stock market dips spook would-be buyers. 

San Diego, California; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; and Denver, Colorado, rounded out the top five least affordable metro areas in the U.S. 

Top 10 unaffordable metros, March 2022

Quick pop quiz: which metro area saw the biggest home price increase of any metro area in the United States? Surprisingly, it was Memphis, Tennessee, rising 34.6% year-over-year. Following Memphis is Phoenix, Arizona, which saw the second-highest year-over-year increase, with the median home sold price increasing 29.9% to $435,000.  

Seattle, Washington came out as the biggest mover, climbing up six spots to 10th on the list due to a 19% rise in median home sold price year-over-year. The unaffordability score for Seattle reached 6 in March, the highest number OJO Labs has recorded since January 2019. Denver, CO, also made the top 5 for the first time since OJO Labs began tracking data. 

Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin, continues to be the most affordable of the top 50 metro areas in the nation in terms of homes sold, but the gap between this metro and others on the list are narrowing. Median home sold price in Green Bay-Appleton was $150,000, increasing 3.5% from the year before, leading to an unaffordability score of 2.2. 

Buffalo, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Hartford, Connecticut, rounded out the top five most affordable metro areas in the U.S. 

Top 10 affordable metros March 2022

Nationally, the median home price grew from last month to $374,647 in March. Home prices rose 16.2% year-over-year in March to bring the national unaffordability score to 4.7, up from 4.4 last month. 

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