Latest Study Classifies Cities by How Long Owners Lived in Their Homes

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LendingTree®, the nation’s leading online loan marketplace, today released its study on where homeowners stay in their houses the longest.

“A lack of supply has been a persistent buyers’ challenge in the housing market since the financial crisis,” said Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist at LendingTree. “There are not enough houses on the market, which has contributed to significant price surges in many cities.”

Many homeowners have opted to stay in place, but how long they choose to do so varies by location. LendingTree analysts set out to assess the variation in the 50 largest cities in America. On average, homeowners have been in their houses for about seven years, with a high of 7.54 years in Pittsburgh to a low of 6.36 in Las Vegas. The difference may not seem like much, but research reveals a significant difference in home price appreciation that is related to the average tenure.

Key findings

  • Cities with shorter housing tenure have greater price appreciation. The top 10 cities had an average tenure of 7.46 years and an average three-year home price appreciation of 12 percent. The bottom 10, with an average tenure of 6.63 years, have average price appreciation 30 percent. This suggests that higher housing turnover drives prices upward, while faster price appreciation could be enticing home owners to sell.
  • The northeast dominates the list of cities with the longest tenure. The top three cities, PittsburghNew York and Buffalo are all in the northeast. An additional three northeastern cities are in the top 10 for a total of six.
  • Hot and sunny places have the shortest tenures. The three cities with the shortest tenures — Las VegasPhoenixand Austin — are all in warm-weather areas. This reflects high migration rates to those cities. Denver is the only city in the bottom 10 that experiences a significant winter season.

To view the full report, visit https://www.lendingtree.com/home/mortgage/cities-where-homeowners-stay-put-the-longest

50 Largest Cities Ranked by Housing Tenure

Rank

City

Average
housing 
tenure

Average 
age of 
owner 
occupied 
household

Median 
home 
value est 
2017

Median 
home value 
appreciation 
2016-2017

Median 
home value 
appreciation 
2014-2017

1

Pittsburgh

7.54

55.58

$153,300

3%

14%

2

New York

7.53

55.95

$440,900

3%

11%

3

Buffalo, N.Y.

7.5

55.54

$148,900

5%

19%

4

Philadelphia

7.49

54.49

$250,900

2%

7%

5

New 
Orleans

7.48

55

$193,100

3%

11%

6

Hartford, 
Conn.

7.45

54.96

$247,900

0%

2%

7

Cleveland

7.44

55.88

$150,400

3%

9%

8

Los Angeles

7.42

55.92

$617,100

7%

25%

9

Providence, 
R.I.

7.4

55.16

$277,400

5%

11%

10

Memphis, 
Tenn.

7.37

54.54

$148,800

4%

12%

11

Baltimore

7.32

53.91

$297,300

1%

6%

12

Milwaukee

7.31

53.84

$213,800

5%

12%

13

St. Louis

7.3

53.94

$172,200

2%

10%

14

San Jose, 
Calif.

7.3

54.51

$957,700

5%

30%

15

Chicago

7.29

53.78

$240,300

5%

13%

16

Boston

7.24

54.49

$441,400

7%

18%

17

San 
Francisco

7.23

55.75

$849,500

7%

29%

18

Birmingham, 
Ala.

7.22

54.14

$161,400

5%

11%

19

Richmond, 
Va.

7.17

54.36

$237,900

5%

11%

20

Virginia 
Beach, Va.

7.17

54.08

$245,900

3%

6%

21

Louisville, 
Ky.

7.16

54.01

$168,600

4%

11%

22

Detroit

7.15

54.44

$171,600

7%

26%

23

Cincinnati

7.15

53.3

$165,500

0%

9%

24

Washington

7.09

52.74

$424,600

3%

10%

25

Columbus, 
Ohio

7.09

52.39

$182,300

6%

13%

26

Kansas City, 
Mo.

7.05

52.61

$180,700

4%

13%

27

Minneapolis

7.03

51.42

$254,800

6%

18%

28

Miami

7.02

57.57

$278,700

7%

33%

29

San Diego

7

55.49

$563,800

7%

23%

30

San Antonio

6.99

53.59

$170,100

6%

18%

31

Charlotte, 
N.C.

6.99

52.56

$197,100

5%

16%

32

Atlanta

6.99

52.16

$215,100

9%

26%

33

Indianapolis

6.95

52.29

$162,200

6%

15%

34

Sacramento, 
Calif.

6.95

54.86

$390,000

7%

24%

35

Seattle

6.89

52.54

$439,800

12%

31%

36

Dallas

6.89

51.72

$214,900

14%

34%

37

Riverside, 
Calif.

6.86

54.04

$342,300

7%

26%

38

Raleigh, N.C.

6.85

50.9

$244,500

3%

15%

39

Portland, 
Ore.

6.84

53.34

$376,000

9%

36%

40

Salt Lake 
City

6.82

50.17

$294,800

10%

24%

41

Houston

6.82

51.47

$192,900

6%

26%

42

Oklahoma 
City

6.78

52.37

$156,800

2%

13%

43

Nashville, 
Tenn.

6.76

51.98

$242,900

16%

37%

44

Tampa, Fla.

6.73

57.63

$191,200

9%

28%

45

Jacksonville, 
Fla.

6.72

54.6

$205,100

9%

29%

46

Denver

6.63

51.61

$386,800

11%

40%

47

Orlando, Fla.

6.59

54.72

$219,000

9%

35%

48

Austin, 
Texas

6.49

50.76

$283,600

8%

30%

49

Phoenix

6.43

54.4

$246,900

7%

25%

50

Las Vegas

6.36

53.71

$250,000

7%

32%

Methodology
To determine the cities with the longest housing tenure, LendingTree looked at data pulled in December 2018 from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The data includes median home values that we also included in the study. The definition of cities is from the Census Bureau’s Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA) boundaries.

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