Cleveland Named One of the Best Cities in the Country for First-Time Homeowners

I always feel like Cleveland gets a bad rap. People outside of this city that we love don’t know what they’re missing. Besides the abundance of fabulous restaurants, beautiful parks and culture, here’s ANOTHER reason to feel good about living in the Cle. New York Times called Cleveland one of the best cities for first-time buyers; we tied for first place with Pittsburgh. (But we knew that, right?) To make their selections, the NYTimes looked at the average down payment made by buyers, and its percentage of the sale price. They also considered each area’s Housing Opportunity Index score which measures the availability of homes affordable to middle-income families.On average, Clevelanders put down 15% on first home ($32,775.) Compare that to San Francisco where the average down payment is $128,627 or Los Angeles where the average is

Los Angeles and Denver came in last. To see the full article, click here.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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