Housing markets where clients have an upper hand

Today's housing market climate is a stormy one for homebuyers. Growing home prices and mortgage rates are creating affordability obstacles for potential purchasers and limited inventory is pushing property values upward.

But, some local housing markets, supported by lower median home prices and more favorable mortgage rates, offer purchasing power advantages to consumers.

While some cities, like San Jose, California, experienced real house prices shooting up over 25% year-over-year in May, other regions saw property values remain fairly steady, according to a First American Financial analysis of home values that factor in local wages and mortgage rates in large cities.

Advisors with clients looking to buy a home should take note of these 12 housing markets for homebuyer purchasing power.

The data, from the First American Real House Price Index, measures home price changes, taking local wages and mortgage rates into account "to better reflect consumers' purchasing power and capture the true cost of housing."

The May 2018 data is ranked by smallest year-over-year changes in RHPI for cities where the current value is less than 100 (an RHPI reading of 100 is equal to housing conditions in January 2000).

Panorama of downtown Pittsburgh skyline at twilight
Median sale price: $125,000
RHPI: 65.42
Year-over-year RHPI: 3.4%
Washington, D.C.
Median sale price: $374,921
RHPI: 85.16
Year-over-year RHPI: 3.7%
Baltimore, Maryland - July 24, 2013: Colorful early 19th century homes line Montgomerey Street in the Federal Hill Historic District
Median sale price: $258,000
RHPI: 83.07
Year-over-year RHPI: 6.1%
A pool stands where the terrorist attack took place in Oklahoma
Oklahoma City
Median sale price: $158,000
RHPI: 73.31
Year-over-year RHPI: 6.8%
Memphis, Tennessee
Median sale price: $157,250
RHPI: 57.23
Year-over-year RHPI: 7.9%
Hartford, Conn.
Hartford skyline on a sunny afternoon. Hartford is the capital of Connecticut.
Hartford, Connecticut
Median sale price: $220,000
RHPI: 75.22
Year-over-year RHPI: 9.5%
Buildings at Virginia Beach, Virginia during a Warm Fall Night
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Median sale price: $220,500
RHPI: 95.52
Year-over-year RHPI: 9.9%
St. Louis
Median sale price: $166,250
RHPI: 71.7
Year-over-year RHPI: 10.1%
Raleigh, North Carolina
Median sale price: $248,500
RHPI: 82.25
Year-over-year RHPI: 10.5%
Median sale price: $238,561
RHPI: 70.49
Year-over-year RHPI: 10.8%
Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Median sale price: $202,897
RHPI: 87.72
Year-over-year RHPI: 11.5%
Milwaukee skyline taken from the port, Wisconsin, USA
Median sale price: $175,000
RHPI: 96.54
Year-over-year RHPI: 12%
This article originally appeared in National Mortgage News.