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Tampa Bay is 13th Most Affordable Housing Market


The Tampa Bay metro area is the 13th most affordable residential real estate market in Florida, based on third-quarter 2014 data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo. Tampa Bay is in the middle of the pack, about midpoint of the ranking of 22 metro areas in Florida. Each real estate market’s affordability is evaluated using the area’s median family income and median home prices.

The Tampa Bay metro area refers to the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area and encompasses the cities of Tampa in Hillsborough County and St. Petersburg and Clearwater and Pinellas County and some parts of Pasco County.

The following ranking is based on HOI, which means Housing Opportunity Index, the index created by the NAHB and Wells Fargo the measure housing affordability. It measures the percentage of homes for sale in a certain area which is affordable to a median-income family in this certain area, using standard mortgage underwriting criteria.

The HOI uses median family income data published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and applies the assumption that a family can afford to spend 28 percent of its gross income on home mortgage.

1 Lakeland-Winter Haven 84.2 50,400 118,000
2 Tallahassee 82.5 64,800 139,000
3 Ocala 81.9 45,700 93,000
4 Gainesville 81.0 65,400 141,000
5 Palm Bay-Melbourne
-Titusville 78.4 60,700 133,000
6 Pensacola-Ferry Pass
-Brent 78.1 58,400 139,000
7 Deltona-Daytona Beach
-Ormond Beach 76.8 51,500 120,000
8 Palm Coast 75.9 56,300 147,000
9 Port St. Lucie 75.4 56,900 136,000
10 Jacksonville 74.3 63,200 156,000
11 Panama City-Lynn Haven
-Panama City Beach 74.1 59,500 155,000
12 Punta Gorda 74.0 55,700 132,000
13 Tampa-St. Petersburg
-Clearwater 72.8 57,400 138,000
14 Sebastian-Vero Beach 71.1 54,700 140,000
15 Crestview-Fort Walton
Beach-Destin 70.6 62,800 180,000
16 Cape Coral-Fort Myers 68.3 58,000 157,000
17 Orlando-Kissimmee
-Sanford 66.2 54,800 165,000
18 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano
Beach-Deerfield Beach 64.5 61,200 163,000
19 West Palm Beach
-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach 63.8 64,100 185,000
20 North Port-Bradenton
-Sarasota 61.8 57,300 183,000
21 Naples-Marco Island 51.9 62,900 260,000
22 Miami-Miami Beach
-Kendall 47.7 48,600 200,000

In the third quarter of 2014, the median price of homes in the Tampa Bay area was $138,000 and the median family income was $57,400, based on NAHB and Wells Fargo data. Nearly 73% of all homes for sale in the Tampa Bay metro area were affordable to families earning the median income.

Residents Cite 11 Best Places to Live in Tampa Bay Area


Here’s a list of 11 Best Places to Live in the Tampa Bay area, based on residents’ comments on online forums and blogposts.

They’ve lived there, and in other places, so they know.

The choice of where to live ultimately depend on priorities, mostly current priorities. Young professionals and couples without children prefer urban work-live-and-play places while young families put good schools over other criteria. Many retirees prefer neighborhoods near the beaches and entertainment centers. Some couples put premium on places that are quaint, bohemian or unique. Others have specific requirements such as golf courses, boat docks and horse ranches.

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