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This Is The Salary You Need To Be A Homeowner In These 20 U.S. Cities

This Is The Salary You Need To Be A Homeowner In These 20 U.S. Cities

People tend to share the false notion that they have to make a substantial amount of money to be a homeowner. Nothing could be farther from the truth. An aspiring homeowner can do it quite cheaply without decreasing their standard of living. In this article, we looked at 20 U.S. cities and discovered the salary you need to be a homeowner.

Pittsburgh

    1. Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh is famously known as “The Steel City” for its 300+ steel related businesses. On a lesser note, it is also referred to as “The City of Bridges” for its 446 bridges (yes, you read that right). Last year, it was ranked #15 as being the best city for millennials.

    • State: Pennsylvania
    • Estimated Population: 695,000
    • Median Home Price: $135,000
    • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $740.05
    • Salary Needed: $31,716

    Cleveland

      2. Cleveland

      Cleveland is known to some as the home of King James (Lebron James that is) and to others as “The Rock & Roll Capital of the World.” Out of the 50 largest U.S. cities, Cleveland is ranked as the sixteenth most walkable city.

      • State: Ohio
      • Estimated Population: 390,000
      • Median Home Price: $121,200
      • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $746.91
      • Salary Needed: $32,010

      StLouis

        3. St. Louis

        St. Louis is home to the world’s tallest arch, The Gateway Arch. It is Missouri’s tallest accessible building and has became a famous symbol of the city.

        • State: Missouri
        • Estimated Population: 320,000
        • Median Home Price: $138,400
        • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $777.54
        • Salary Needed: $33,323

        Cincinnati

          4. Cincinnati

          Historically, Cincinnati was the first major American city after the American Revolution and still is considered as the first purely American city. It is also known as “The Chili Capital of the World” because it has the most chili restaurants per capita.

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          • State: Ohio
          • Estimated Population: 300,000
          • Median Home Price: $138,100
          • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $781.32
          • Salary Needed: $33,485

          Detroit

            5. Detroit

            Unfortunately, when most people think of Detroit, they tend to see its negatives as the overall consensus. Some people view Detroit as a disaster while others are taking advantage of the opportunities from the results of the disaster. It is the only big city, where you can buy a house in a neighborhood that is close to downtown for under $100,000.

            The city has been incentivizing people to move under their Live Downtown and Live Midtown programs, which offers rent allowances or forgivable home loans to participants who work for one of their sponsoring employers.

            • State: Michigan
            • Estimated Population: 690,000
            • Median Home Price: $135,800
            • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $828.83
            • Salary Needed: $35,521

            atl

              6. Atlanta

              Did you know that Atlanta is considered a world class city? It is ranked #45 among cities around the world and ranked #8 among cities in the nation. The city has appeared on the Forbes magazine list as one of the best cities for business and careers.

              • State: Georgia
              • Estimated Population: 450,000
              • Median Home Price: $157,000
              • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $835.34
              • Salary Needed: $35,800

              tampa

                7. Tampa

                Interestingly, Tampa is ranked as the 5th most popular city to live, according to a Pew Research study. It is also recognized as a Gamma+ world city by Loughborough University. (A gamma city is a city that links a smaller region or state to the global economy.)

                • State: Florida
                • Estimated Population: 350,000
                • Median Home Price: $160,000
                • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $880.42
                • Salary Needed: $37,732

                phoenix

                  8. Phoenix

                  Do you hate Daylight Savings Time? If so, you’re in luck because Phoenix does not observe it. It is also a city that offers countless cuisines, including (but not limited to) Mexican, Korean, Creole, Greek, Hawaiian, Thai, Italian, Indian, Brazilian, and French.

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                  • State: Arizona
                  • Estimated Population: 1,450,000
                  • Median Home Price: $200,300
                  • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $948.69
                  • Salary Needed: $40,658

                  Orlando

                    9. Orlando

                    Orlando (or The Theme Park Capital of the World) attracts more than 57 million tourists a year, including 4+ million international tourists. According to the Pew research study mentioned earlier, Orlando is the fourth most popular city to live.

                    • State: Florida
                    • Estimated Population: 255,000
                    • Median Home Price: $180,000
                    • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $983.34
                    • Salary Needed: $42,143

                    san antonio

                      10. San Antonio

                      Within the last 5 years, San Antonio has been in the nation’s top 10 as one of the fastest growing cities. Forbes magazine ranks the city for having the 9th best job market and as one of the best cities for business and careers.

                      • State: Texas
                      • Estimated Population: 1,410,000
                      • Median Home Price: $185,500
                      • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,058.73
                      • Salary Needed: $45,374

                      Dallas

                        11. Dallas

                        Like San Antonio, Dallas has also been in the nation’s top 10 as one of the fastest growing cities. It has the fourteenth largest GDP in the world, according to the OECD. Contrary to popular belief about Texan culture, Dallas has the 6th largest LGBT population in the nation.

                        • State: Texas
                        • Estimated Population: 1,200,000
                        • Median Home Price: $189,600
                        • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,138.35
                        • Salary Needed: $48,786

                        houston

                          12. Houston

                          Houston is the largest city in the Southern U.S. and considered by The Huffington Post to be the most diverse city in the nation. Within the last 5 years, it has appeared on multiple Forbes lists for being the best city for shopping, buying a home, and for college graduates.

                          • State: Texas
                          • Estimated Population: 2,200,000
                          • Median Home Price: $199,300
                          • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,166.28
                          • Salary Needed: $49,983

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                          Philadelphia

                            13. Philadelphia

                            Did you know that the city of brotherly love has the most outdoor sculptures and murals than any other U.S. city? Rightly so, Philadelphia has a rich history that is commonly expressed through the arts, making it the city with the most public art.

                            If you are hungry for more than art, then you’re in luck. Philadelphia is known for the “hoagie” and the Philly cheesesteak.

                            • State: Pennsylvania
                            • Estimated Population: 1,560,000
                            • Median Home Price: $213,300
                            • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,187.99
                            • Salary Needed: $50,914

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                              14. Baltimore

                              Like Philadelphia, Baltimore is also a historic city. It was the home of Edgar Allan Poe and Frederick Douglass. Francis Scott Key also wrote our national anthem there. The city has 280 properties that are registered as historic in the National Register of Historic Places.

                              • State: Maryland
                              • Estimated Population: 620,000
                              • Median Home Price: $233,200
                              • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,228.78
                              • Salary Needed: $52,661

                              chicago

                                15. Chicago

                                Chicago is the largest city in the Midwestern U.S. and commonly referred to as “The Windy City.” It is also a major world convention destination. The McCormick Place is the largest convention center in the nation and the 3rd largest in the world.

                                • State: Illinois
                                • Estimated Population: 420,000
                                • Median Home Price: $195,100
                                • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,268.09
                                • Salary Needed: $54,346

                                Miami

                                  16. Miami

                                  Miami is the 2nd largest city with a Spanish-speaking majority and sometimes nicknamed as “The Capital of Latin America.” There is one thing that Miami and most major Latin American cities have in common: the absence of winter.

                                  • State: Florida
                                  • Estimated Population:
                                  • Median Home Price: $265,000
                                  • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,363.40
                                  • Salary Needed: $58,431

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                                  Portland

                                    17. Portland

                                    Did you know that Portland is home to the most microbreweries in the world? The city is often compared to Austin because they have quite a bit in common (except the cost of living).

                                    For more than a century, Portland has been known as “The City of Roses”, due to their abundant amount of rose gardens (including the popular International Rose Test Garden).

                                    • State: Oregon
                                    • Estimated Population: 610,000
                                    • Median Home Price: $288,900
                                    • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,414.08
                                    • Salary Needed: $60,603

                                    Denver

                                      18. Denver

                                      The Mile-High city is exactly one mile above sea level, making it the one of the highest major cities in the United States. Forbes magazine ranks the city as one of the best cities for business and careers.

                                      • State: Colorado
                                      • Estimated Population: 665,000
                                      • Median Home Price: $314,800
                                      • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,438.32
                                      • Salary Needed: $61,642

                                      Seattle

                                        19. Seattle

                                        Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and arguably the coffee capital of the West Coast. Currently, it is the only city that has passed a law to gradually increase the minimum wage, reaching $15/hr in 2 years for big businesses and 6 years for small businesses.

                                        • State: Washington
                                        • Estimated Population: 650,000
                                        • Median Home Price: $352,000
                                        • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,699.70
                                        • Salary Needed: $72,844

                                        Boston

                                          20. Boston

                                          Boston is the largest city in New England and one of the oldest cities in the country. The compact nature of the city makes it very walkable and is known for having the highest concentration of pedestrian commuters. The city is also famous for its native accent.

                                          • State: Massachusetts
                                          • Estimated Population: 650,000
                                          • Median Home Price: $383,200
                                          • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,867.83
                                          • Salary Needed: $80,049

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                                          How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                          How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                          Finances can push anyone to the point of extreme anxiety and worry. Easier said than done, planning finances is not an egg meant for everyone’s basket. And that’s why most of us are often living pay check to pay check. But did anyone tell you that it is actually not a tough task to meet your financial goals?

                                          In this article, we will explore ways on how to set financial goals and then actually meet them with ease.

                                          5 Steps to Set Financial Goals

                                          Though setting financial goals might seem to be a daunting task but if one has the will and clarity of thought, it is rather easy. Try using these steps:

                                          1. Be Clear About the Objectives

                                          Any goal (let alone financial) without a clear objective is nothing more than a pipe dream. And this couldn’t be more true for financial matters.

                                          It is often said that savings is nothing but deferred consumption. Therefore if you are saving today, then you should be crystal clear about what it is for. It could be anything like kid’s education, retirement, marriage, that dream vacation, fancy car etc.

                                          Once the objective is clear, put a monetary value to that objective and the time frame. The important point at this step of goal setting is to list all the objectives, however small they may be, that you foresee in the future and put a value to it.

                                          2. Keep Them Realistic

                                          It’s good to be an optimistic person but being a pollyanna is not desirable. Similarly, while it might be a good thing to keep your financial goals a bit aggressive, going out of the line will definitely hurt your chances of achieving them.

                                          It’s important that you keep your goals realistic in nature for it will help you stay the course and keep you motivated throughout the journey.

                                          3. Account for Inflation

                                          Ronald Reagan once said – “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hitman”. And this quote sums up the best what inflation could do your financial goals.

                                          Therefore account for inflation whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far away in the future.

                                          For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years hence, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is mere 3%. So always account for inflation.

                                          4. Short Term vs Long Term

                                          Just like every calorie is not the same, the approach towards achieving every financial goal will not be the same. It is important to bifurcate goals in short term and long term.

                                          As a rule of thumb, any financial goal, which is due in next 3 years should be termed as short term goal. Any longer duration goals are to be classified as long term goals. This bifurcation of goals into short term vs long term will help in choosing the right investment instrument to achieve them.

                                          More on this later when we talk about how to achieve financial goals.

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                                          5. To Each to His Own

                                          The journey of setting financial goals is an individualistic affair i.e. your goals are your own goals and are determined by your want to achieve them. A lot of times we get on the bandwagon of goal setting only to realize later on that it was not meant for us.

                                          It is important that your goals are actually your goals and not inspired by someone else. Take a hard look at this step at all the goals you’ve set for after this step, you will be on the way to achieve them.

                                          By now, you would be ready with your financial goals, now it’s time to go all out and achieve them.

                                          11 Ways to Achieve Your Financial Goals

                                          Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a 2 step process –

                                          • Ensuring healthy savings
                                          • Making smart investments

                                          You will need to save enough; and invest those savings wisely so that they grow over a period of time to help you achieve goals. So let’s get down to ensuring healthy savings.

                                          Ensuring Healthy Savings

                                          Self realization is the best form of realisation and unless you decide what your current financial position is, you aren’t heading anywhere.

                                          This is the focal point from where you start your journey of achieving financial goals.

                                          1. Track Expenses

                                          The first and the foremost thing to be done is to track your monthly expenses. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you would be surprised to see how small expenses add up to a sizeable amount.

                                          Also categorize those expenses into different bucket so that you know which bucket is eating the most of your pay check. This record keeping will pave the way for cutting down on un-wanted expenses and pump up your savings rate.

                                          2. Pay Yourself First

                                          Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classical mistake which almost everyone of us do. We pay ourselves last!

                                          Ideally, this should be planned upside down. We should be paying ourselves first and then to the world i.e. we should be taking out the planned saving amount first and then manage all the expenses from the rest.

                                          The best way to actually implement is to put the savings on automatic mode i.e. money flowing automatically into different financial instruments (for example – mutual funds, retirement corpus etc) every month.

                                          Taking the automatic route will make us lose control of our money and hence will compel us to manage in what’s left with us thereby increasing the savings rate.

                                          3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick with It

                                          Budgeting is the best to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be made.

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                                          Nowadays, several money management apps and wallets can help you do this automatically. It’s easy and who knows, you may just end up doing what people fail to do.

                                          At first, you may not be able to stick to your plans completely but don’t let that become a reason why you stop budgeting entirely.

                                          Make use of technology solutions you like. Explore options and alternatives that let you make use of the available wallet options and choose the one that suits you the most. In time, you will get accustomed to making use of these solutions.

                                          You will find that they make it simpler for you to follow your plan, which would have been difficult otherwise.

                                          4. Rise Again Even If You Fall

                                          Let’s be realistic. It’s not like the world will come to an end if you made one mistake. This isn’t called leniency but discipline.

                                          If you fail to meet your budget for a month, don’t give up the entire effort just like that. Instead, start again.

                                          Remember that flexible plans are the most realistic plans. So go forward and try to follow your financial goals as planned but if for some reason, the plan gets out of hand for you, do not give up on it just yet. This has a lot to do with your psychology rather than any material commitment.

                                          All you have to do is to stay on the road and vow to stay on it, no matter how much you fall down.

                                          5. Make Savings a Habit and Not a Goal

                                          In the book Nudge, authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein advocate that in order to achieve any goal, it should be broken down into habits since habits are more intuitive for people to adapt to.

                                          Make Savings a habit rather than a goal. While it might seem to be counter intuitive to many but there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

                                          Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Usually weekends are expensive. Make it a habit and you would in turn be saving a great deal.

                                          If you are travelling buff, try to travel during off season. Your outlay will be much less.

                                          If you go out for shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

                                          So the key point is to imbibe the action that results in savings rather than on the savings itself, which is the outcome. Focusing on the outcome will bring out the feeling of sacrifice which will be harder to sustain over a period of time.

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                                          6. Talk About It

                                          Sticking to the saving schedule (to achieve financial goals) is not an easy journey. There will be many distractions from those who are not aligned with your mission. And it would be rather easy to lose the grip over your discipline.

                                          Therefore in order to stay the course, it is advisable that you keep yourself surrounded with people who are also on the same bandwagon. Daily discussions with them will keep you motivated to move forward.

                                          7. Maintain a Journal

                                          For some people, writing helps a great deal in making sure that they achieve what they plan.

                                          So if you are one of them, maintain a proper journal, where you write down your goals and also jot down the extent to which you managed to meet them. This will help you in reviewing how far you have come and which goals you have met.

                                          Use this journal to write down all essential points such as your short term, mid term and long term goals, your current sources of income, your regular expenses which you are aware of and any committed expenses which are of recurring nature.

                                          When you have a written commitment on paper, you are going to feel more energised to follow the plan and stick to it. Moreover, it is going to be a lot more easier for you to follow you and track your progress.

                                          At this point, you should be ready with your financial goals and would be doing brilliantly with savings; now it’s time to talk about the big daddy – Investments.

                                          Making Smart Investments

                                          Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However savings when invested wisely can do wonders and we are at that stage where we will talk about making smart investments.

                                          8. Consult a Financial Advisor

                                          Investments doesn’t come naturally to most of us therefore rather than dabbling with it ourselves, it is wise to consult a financial advisor.

                                          Talk to him/her about your financial goals and savings and then seek advice for the best investment instruments to achieve your goals.

                                          9. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

                                          Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about them.

                                          Just like “no one is born a criminal”, no investment instrument is bad or good. It is the application of that instrument that makes all the difference.

                                          Do you remember we talked about bifurcating financial goals in short term and long term?

                                          It is here where that classification will help.

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                                          So as a general rule, for all your short term financial goals, choose an investment instrument that has debt nature for example fixed deposits, debt mutual funds etc. The reason for going for debt instruments is that chances of capital loss is less as compared to equity instruments.

                                          10. Compounding Is the Eighth Wonder

                                          Einstein once remarked about compounding,

                                          Compound Interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… He who doesn’t… Pays it.

                                          So make friends with this wonder kid. And sooner you become friends with it, quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

                                          Start investing early so that time is on your side to help you bear the fruits of compounding.

                                          11. Measure, Measure, Measure

                                          All of us do good when it comes to earning more per month but fail miserably when it comes to measuring the investments; taking stock of how our investments are doing.

                                          If there is one single step where everything (so far) can go wrong, it is at this step – Measuring the Progress.

                                          If we don’t measure the progress timely, then we would be shooting in the dark. We wouldn’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not; whether financial advisor is doing a decent job; whether we are moving closer to our target or not.

                                          Do measure everything. If you can’t measure it all yourself, ask your financial advisor to do it for you. But do it!

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          This completes the list of tips for you to set financial goals and actually achieve them with not so great difficulty.

                                          As you can see, all it requires is discipline. But guess that’s the most difficult part!

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