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The Least (and Most) Expensive States for First-Time Home Buyers


Apr 21, 2023
The Least (and Most) Expensive States for First-Time Home Buyers


With interest rates soaring, finding a house is more complicated than ever for first-time buyers.

But some states offer more realistic deals than others for those looking to invest in a little slice of the American Dream.

Moneywise, a financial website, ranked all 50 states based on the median price for houses in each state as provided by Zillow and the average down payment percentage of 13% according to the National Association of Realtors.

Their findings? For one, it might be called the Aloha State, but Hawaii is not very welcoming when it comes to buying a home.

First-time home buyers in Hawaii must shell out an average down payment of $110,360.38 to secure a home, making it the most expensive state for first-home buyers. With limited land for development and burdensome regulations, Hawaii’s median home value is a tsunami of $848,926.

If the surf and sand minus the tasty waves are what you’re looking for, you might want to consider a state like Mississippi, where the average home goes for $157,828 with a down payment of $20,517.64

The number two most expensive state for first-time buyers in California. The Golden State lives up to its billing, with median home prices on Zillow ringing in at $760,800. The average downpayment on such a home is $98,904.

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Courtesy: Moneywise

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Most affordable states for first-time home buyers

So where should those looking to buy their first home look? According to this new survey, West Virginia is the best state to invest in, boasting the lowest average down payment requirement of $16,783.39. The median home price in West Virginia is $129,103, a steal compared to the national average of $428,700.

The aforementioned Mississippi is the second cheapest place to buy a home. After that, first-home buyers should look at Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa.

“Armed with the knowledge from these findings, first-time home buyers can make informed decisions when it comes to choosing a state to buy their first home and work their way towards a brighter financial future,” said a spokesperson for Moneywise.

Here is a list of the least expensive states to buy.

Courtesy: Moneywise

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