California Homeownership Costs Soar Post-Pandemic

Lisa Mailhot  |  June 11, 2024


California Homeownership Costs Soar Post-Pandemic


In recent years, the dream of homeownership has increasingly come with a hefty price tag, particularly in California. With costs soaring, potential buyers and current homeowners need to be aware of the financial implications of maintaining a property in today's economic climate.

Soaring Homeownership Expenses

Since the onset of the pandemic, the financial burden of owning and maintaining a home has escalated dramatically. In California, the increase is especially pronounced, with homeownership costs jumping 32%. This uptick is reflected in an average annual expense of $18,118 for non-mortgage costs, which translates to about $1,510 per month.

Breakdown of Costs

Key contributors to rising homeownership costs include:

  • Property Taxes and Insurance: These remain significant expenses, especially in high-tax states.
  • Maintenance and Repairs: Accounting for a substantial portion of expenses, maintenance costs can vary greatly depending on the age and condition of the home.
  • Utility Bills: Energy costs, along with internet and cable services, also contribute to the monthly outlay.

Regional Impact and National Comparison

The increase in costs isn't uniform across all states. For example, Utah homeowners experienced a 44% increase in expenses, while in Texas, the rise was relatively modest at 14%. This variability highlights the importance of regional economic conditions and real estate markets in influencing homeownership costs.

Practical Advice for Home Buyers

It's essential for prospective homeowners to consider these factors and plan accordingly. Setting aside additional funds in a high-yield savings account can provide a financial buffer and peace of mind.


The financial landscape for homeowners has changed considerably, with costs in California rising sharply. Understanding and preparing for these expenses is crucial. If you're considering a move to Orange County and looking for expert guidance in navigating this challenging market, let's connect.



Reference: Jennifer Epstein, "California homeownership costs jump 32% since pandemic began," Bloomberg. Published June 10, 2024.

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