Where to find the largest homes in the US
The size of a home can vary a great deal. The largest homes in the U.S. are present in those communities due to a few specific factors such as higher median incomes and sparsely populated metropolitan centers. According to 24/7 Wall Street's analysis of data from realtor.com, the largest homes in the U.S. can be found in:
- Provo-Orem, Utah
- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia
- Raleigh, North Carolina
24/7 Wall Street collected data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to create its report.
These cities offer potential homeowners with the opportunity to purchase and have access to larger and possibly even more luxurious real estate options. The regions listed above boast larger median home sizes and higher real estate prices. In November, seven out of the top 10 urban areas to find large homes had houses with median values of more than $200,000. Only two of the top five regions fell slightly below the $200,000 median housing price.
Higher median household income impacts larger home market. In addition, median household income increased alongside home prices and sizes. The top city for the nation's largest homes reported the 44th-highest median household income of $60,051 and a 3.2% unemployment rate.
For a national perspective, Sentier Research reported that the U.S. median household income in November was approximately $53,880.
Housing is one of the most substantial investments that Americans make. The Wall Street Journal said that lenders suggest that out of a potential homeowner's monthly paycheck, 28% can be put toward a U.S. home mortgage. Having a higher income allows Americans to spend more money on a monthly mortgage, which often translates into a larger home.
Less-populated cities may increase the number of larger homes available. Cities with more larger homes tend to not as densely populated as metro areas with smaller homes, according to 24/7 Wall Street.
In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau conducted the last census. The Bureau reported that Provo, Utah, housed 2,699.3 people per square mile, and Houston had a population density of 3,501.5 people per square mile.
These cities have a far less dense population when compared to major metropolitan centers such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. According to the Census Bureau, Los Angeles held 8,092.3 people per square mile, Chicago reported 11,841.8 people per square mile and New York more than doubled Chicago's population density with 27,012.5 people per square mile.
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Mortgage rates rise alongside employment opportunities
As job growth continues, interest rates of U.S. home mortgages have jumped up. This may signify that the housing market is strengthening along with the economy.
Mortgage rates see an uptick in February. Freddie Mac, a government-sponsored enterprise, released the Primary Mortgage Market Survey, and the results showed that fixed-rate mortgage rates rose. The average rate for a 30-year FRM was 3.69% for the week ending Feb. 12. This was up 0.10 percentage points week over week, and 15-year FRMs increased to 2.99% and was up 0.06 percentage points from the previous week.
However, individuals still have an opportunity to get a low mortgage rate. While interest rates are seeing their highest numbers this year, rates are still historically low. The current average interest rate for a 30-year FRM is 0.59 percentage points lower than the same time a year ago, when it was 4.28%. Last year at this time 15-year FRMs were also notably higher at 3.33%.
Job opportunities increased in January. The heightened interest rates reflect stronger employment opportunities. As the economy improves and the job market strengthens, the housing market can continue to recover from the 2008 housing crisis.
"The economy added 257,000 new jobs in January after robust increases of 329,000 in December and 423,000 in November," said Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac. "The unemployment rate edged up to 5.7% last month from 5.6% in December. Average hourly earnings rose 0.5%, following a 0.2% decline in December."
Jobs opportunities available in construction saw a notable increase in January.
Construction industry sees continual job growth. A strengthening housing market may be responsible for the trend seen in the construction sector over the last 12 months.
The National Association of Home Builders noted that continual job growth will encourage a heightened demand for housing. Consumers with steady jobs may become more confident in the housing market and decide to invest in real estate and help drive the demand for housing.
More employment opportunities and higher wages may stimulate construction activity to accommodate the needs of an increasing need for more real estate options.
Economy strengthens in 2015. In addition to job growth, Reuters reported that the U.S. economy is expected to improve substantially this year. Economists who participated in a Reuters poll anticipated 3.2% growth for gross domestic product in 2015.
"There may be a few ups and downs this year, but the economy's fundamentals are very strong and they are going to outweigh the issues from abroad. Three percent GDP (growth) is achievable," Ryan Sweet, senior economist at Moody's Analytics, told Reuters.
An increase in employment opportunities and more affordable energy and fuel are expected to increase consumer spending and continue to bolster the U.S. economy.
The notable job growth and improving economic situation can encourage the improvement of the housing market in 2015.
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