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San Antonio among hottest markets for millennial homeownership

San Antonio among hottest markets for millennial homeownership

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San Antonio is projected to be one of the hottest housing markets in the nation. Photo courtesy of Austin Board of Realtors

Americans are increasingly nervous about homeownership, according to a new trend report from Trulia, but don’t expect that to slow growth in the Lone Star State. The real estate listings hub projects that the markets in four Texas cities — including San Antonio — will continue to boom in 2018.

To compile a list of 10 U.S. home markets expected to grow in the coming year, Trulia looked at five key factors: job growth; starter-home affordability; inbound listing searches as a gauge of a market’s popularity; vacancy rates; and the share of adult population under age 35. (The latter was looked at as part of a nationwide trend of greater homeownership among millennials.)

San Antonio grabbed the fifth spot on the report with a low share of income needed to buy a home (28.3 percent); good job growth (2.2 percent); and a large under 35 population (19.7 percent). Although Austin was relatively less affordable (47.5 percent of one’s income is needed to buy a home), steady job growth (2.3 percent) and young inhabitants (26.3 percent) secured the No. 7 ranking.

Other Texas cities with favorable outlooks include Fort Worth, coming in the sixth place slot with 2.6 percent job growth; a 30 percent share of income needed for home ownership; and 21.3 percent of the population under 35. El Paso fared the best in the state at No. 4 with the highest rate of job growth among the listed cities (2.7 percent); a low portion of income needed to buy a home (32.6 percent); and a booming populace of young adults (21.7 percent).

The rest of the list was concentrated in the South and Midwest. Grand Rapids, Michigan was listed as the top city for projected growth.