By Ken Molestina

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — The housing pinch in North Texas has caught the attention of the country, including New York-based RealtyHop, a real estate tech firm.

A recent RealtyHop report showed DFW ranked number 17 in the U.S. for least affordable cities.

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Shane Lee, a data scientist with RealtyHop explained what that means.

“That means Dallas households will have trouble finding a home to buy … we are looking at Dallas being one of the least affordable cities in Texas now.”

Lee added, “An average Dallas household will have to spend over 46% of their annual income on home ownership. This includes $2,000 in mortgage and that doesn’t include the down payment.”

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With nearly half of household incomes being used to pay for their mortgages in DFW, and an increased demand coupled with low supply of homes, Lee suggests for homeownership might be fleeting for those looking to buy.

She said, “Housing costs are on the rise and if wages don’t go up at the same time it will be harder for families to afford.”

Experts suggest hopeful buyers who can wait the trend out do so.

If not Lee says consider moving away from city cores, and look at neighboring suburbs where prices tend to be lower.

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Lee’s said, “Suburban areas tend to have you know lower housing costs and you have more inventory there. So definitely look around and don’t feel like you have to stay in one city. I think the pandemic has taught us that it is okay to be flexible.”