WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Homeowners in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y., metro area paid a median of $72,500 for their homes, according to a 2011 American Housing Survey profile released today. The median purchase price of homes constructed in the past four years was higher at $130,000. Nationally, homeowners paid $110,000 overall and $235,000 for new construction.
The profile released today provides information on the area's housing costs, mortgages and a variety of other physical and financial characteristics about housing in the Buffalo area. The statistics come from the American Housing Survey, which is sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, and is the most comprehensive housing survey in the United States. National data are collected every odd-numbered year and metropolitan area data are collected on a rotating basis.
"The last five years remind us how central housing is to each of us personally, to the fiscal health of our cities and counties, and the national economy. For 40 years, the American Housing Survey has provided a unique set of data that connects the detailed characteristics of who is living in homes to the detailed characteristics of the homes themselves," said Kurt Usowski, HUD's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs. "From the American Housing Survey, we can see why people chose to move, how often homes need repairs, and the extent to which housing costs are outpacing income growth. All this information can help inform policymaking around continued recovery in Buffalo and other metropolitan areas."
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with HUD on these profiles," said the Census Bureau's Arthur Cresce, Jr., Assistant Division Chief for Housing Characteristics. "Analysts in government and business study the nation's housing very closely and the AHS yields a wealth of information that can be used by professionals in nearly every field for planning, decision-making, and market research."
Some highlights for the Buffalo area include:
- The median year occupied homes were built in the Buffalo area was 1953, compared with 1974 nationally.
- In the Buffalo area, 7.8 percent of occupied homes used electric heating and 87.1 percent used piped gas. Nationally, piped gas was the main heating fuel, used by 50.4 percent of occupied homes. Electricity was used by 35.3 percent of occupied U.S. homes.
- Among owner-occupied homes in the Buffalo area, 85.0 percent had working carbon monoxide detectors, compared with 46.3 percent nationally.
- Among Buffalo area homes, 44.4 percent of owner-occupied units in the area had central air, compared with 72.5 percent of units across the U.S.
- Median monthly expenditures for owners in the Buffalo area totaled $250 for real estate taxes, $91 for electricity and $45 for property insurance. Respective national medians were $151, $121 and $58.
- Among the area's owner-occupied homes, 58.8 percent had a regular and/or home equity mortgage and 15.0 percent had a refinanced primary mortgage. The respective national rates were 65.4 percent and 23.4 percent.
- Homeowners in the Buffalo area had median monthly mortgage payments of $845 in 2011, compared with $1,015 nationally.
The American Housing Survey coverage of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y., metro area matches the 2009 Office of Management and Budget definition.
the American Housing Survey, definitions, sample design, and more, see <http://www.census.gov/housing/ahs/>.
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau