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Only 42% of Miamians Can Afford a Mortgage, According to Rentals Website Zumper

August 13, 2016 by Sean McCaughan
Photo by Phillip Pessar.

Photo by Phillip Pessar.

Only 42% of Miamians can afford a mortgage to buy a home, according to rentals & research website Zumper, which surveyed 6,000 people from across the country and compared their answers to a formula used by Bloomberg to determine the minimum salary required for a mortgage. That’s pretty abysmal, particularly considering we ranked the fourth to last metropolitan area out of the 15 that Zumper studied, only faring better than San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

The New Times uses this as a counterargument to the oft-cried “millennials suck” narrative, but it’s also a sign of how unsustainable the Miami housing market would be if not so dependent on global interest and and money to prop it up. The luxury condos still selling right now aren’t for locals. Some may buy in them, but they’re not for us. Lately in Miami, we haven’t been building for ourselves. We’ve been propped up, perhaps like we’ve always been propped up, by international attention and desire for a certain kind of life. It’s a lifestyle that many Miamians just cannot afford.

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thomas birmingham

Move. Leave Miami. The place is grossly over priced, the labor market is saturated and every one is nickel and domed on their salary.

Go up the coast. There are plenty of good towns, growing with excellent paying jobs and cheap housing.


Move. Leave Miami? Easier said than done. The challenge is that there is no other place like it in the world. Miami is its own unique place. You could move to Boca and it is a completely different world out there. It is calmer with a totally different atmosphere, smaller, the beaches aren’t as attractive or vibrant. I moved from Miami 25 years ago and yearned to return every year since then, having lived in other metropolitan areas.

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