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How Much Home Can You Buy for $200,000 in Fort Worth in 2018?

Although the prices of homes in Dallas and Fort Worth continue to climb, we’re still getting a lot more bang for the housing buck than folks in cities like New York City or San Francisco.

6108 Waco Way Fort Worth home for sale
This 2,079-square-foot Fort Worth home is on the market for $199,900. Photo courtesy of Estately

New data from real estate website PropertyShark shows that for $200,000, a Fort Worth homebuyer can move into a house encompassing 2,199 square feet. In Dallas, that same amount of money will pay for an 1,824-square-foot home.

Your money won’t go far in New York City or San Francisco. However, $200,000 homes in Fort Worth and Dallas are practically mansions.

According to PropertyShark, $200,000 would buy you only 126 square feet in the New York City borough of Manhattan. In comparison, you’d get just 260 square feet in San Francisco. Both of those homes would be much tinier than the average U.S. apartment.

To give you some context, the median home price in Dallas-Fort Worth during the first quarter of this year was $267,500, according to the Texas Association of Realtors. That’s 34 percent above PropertyShark’s hypothetical $200,000 price tag.

Despite cheap home prices in Fort Worth and Dallas, some Texans still find it difficult to purchase a home.

“Unemployment rates and spirals in home values weren’t nearly as bad in Texas during 2008 as in other parts of the country. But the state’s large urban areas are still experiencing similar mismatches between housing stock and income as other American metropolitan areas,” the Texas Tribune reported in 2017.

Kaki Lybbert, a Denton Realtor who chairs the Texas Association of Realtors, applauds the robust home sales activity around the state. However, she worries that if housing inventory keeps declining while prices keep rising, “we may continue to see affordability challenges across the state.”

In other words, PropertyShark’s hypothetical $200,000 home could become out of reach for even more Texans.

Among the five biggest cities in Texas, homebuyers in San Antonio can score the biggest digs for $200,000, PropertyShark says. For that price, you can grab a 3,249-square-foot home in the Alamo City.

That hypothetical $200,000 home actually isn’t far off from the typical price of a home in the San Antonio metro area. In the first quarter of this year, the median home price in the region was $218,250, according to the Texas Association of Realtors.

At the other end of the scale, $200,000 will get you the least amount of space in Austin among the state’s five largest home markets, according to PropertyShark. At that price tag, you can purchase a house measuring 1,341 square feet.

However, the median home price in the Austin metro area was $315,000 in the first quarter of this year. That’s 57 percent higher than PropertyShark’s hypothetical $200,000 home.

Meanwhile, a Houston homebuyer can pick up a 2,093-square-foot home for $200,000, PropertyShark says. In the first quarter of 2018, the median home price in the Houston metro area was $239,043, the Texas Association of Realtors says.

Interestingly, the hypothetical $200,000 homes in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston are larger than the average homes in those areas. Only Austin’s hypothetical $200,000 home was smaller than the region’s average home.

In 2016, PropertyShark reported these as the average home sizes in Texas’ five biggest cities:

  • Dallas, 1,433 square feet
  • Fort Worth, 1,660 square feet
  • San Antonio, 2,175 square feet
  • Austin, 2,068 square feet
  • Houston, 1,713 square feet

Texans are “lucky to live in some of the most spacious urban dwellings in the nation,” PropertyShark says.

By John Egan