Arlington’s Commitment To Strong Neighborhoods Is Getting Recognition

Arlington ranked very well in a new list of the best places to buy an affordable home – and its ongoing commitment to improving neighborhoods is part of the reason. Families looking at homes in Arlington will find properties that meet their needs more often than in the past and find that houses with the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms are in good supply.

A SmartAsset study looked at 100 large American cities, examining 7 metrics to find cities that are a good place to buy an affordable home. The study considered the number of homes with at least 2 bedrooms, the 5-year change in homeownership rate plus affordability and livability metrics. Arlington ranked number 6 on the list – behind Chesapeake, VA, Fort Wayne, IN, Gilbert, AZ, Virginia Beach, VA and Lexington, KY. Plano ranked just behind Arlington. More than a third of the cities in the top 25 are located in Texas.

Looking Closer At Arlington

Arlington ranked particularly well in the SmartAsset study for its favorable down payment-to-income ratio, which indicates that making a 20 percent down payment on a home takes up only 60 percent of the median household income. The city also ranked well for its about 22 percent “housing cost as a percentage of income” number and its nearly 91 percent high school graduation rate.

In an August article in the Star-Telegram, former Arlington mayor Richard Greene points to the current mayor’s commitment to and investment in neighborhoods as a reason for the attention Arlington is getting as a great place to live. While Arlington is often thought of only for its entertainment venues and GM Plant, the article emphasizes the importance of neighborhoods to a sense of community.

In recent years, Arlington has focused on cleaning up low-income housing and failing apartment complexes and has invested in community development. The city is involved in a 10-year investment in Central and East Arlington – the oldest and poorest areas of the city. There are also road and stormwater improvements underway and an emphasis on park expansions plus a beautiful and large new downtown library already serving the public.

There’s Always More To The Story

In my four decades of serving local residents and potential residents, I’ve found that most of the cities and towns around Fort Worth have much more going for them than meets the eye. Behind the scenes and in neighborhoods around the Metroplex, leaders are working to make just about every corner of this large and diverse area better than ever before.

If it’s time for a home of your own in Fort Worth, Arlington or one of the surrounding cities, please reach out to me. I stand with buyers and don’t work with sellers – so I can pledge 100 percent loyalty to you.

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