Staggering Annual Costs for California Homeowners: New Study Reveals Rising Expenses

Staggering Annual Costs for California Homeowners: New Study Reveals Rising Expenses

  • Jeff Marples
  • 06/13/24

A recent study has uncovered the shocking annual costs for homeowners in California, highlighting the dramatic rise in expenses. Home prices in California have hit record highs this year, and the cost of maintaining a home has also soared. According to Bankrate, the average homeowner in the Golden State now pays around $28,790 per year. This figure includes property taxes, homeowners insurance, maintenance costs, as well as energy, internet, and cable bills.

Rising Home Prices and Inflation

The study shows that these costs have increased by 32% since 2020. The primary reasons are rising home prices, inflation, and higher insurance premiums. California's home prices are a significant factor, making the state the second-most expensive in the country for homeowners. For example, Bankrate estimated maintenance costs at 2% of a home’s value. For a median home priced at $848,300, maintenance alone costs about $16,966 annually.

High Property Taxes and Insurance Costs

Property taxes are another major expense. Based on 2020 and 2022 averages, annual property taxes are estimated at $6,832. However, this amount can vary depending on Proposition 13, which may benefit some homeowners. Additionally, homeowners insurance premiums average $1,572 per year, using data from 2020 and 2021. However, as Bankrate analyst Jeff Ostrowski points out, insurance premiums are becoming increasingly unpredictable. Many homeowners in California are finding it difficult to secure insurance as more providers leave the market, potentially driving costs even higher.

Additional Homeownership Costs

Besides these major expenses, homeowners also face significant costs for cable, internet, and energy. On average, cable and internet bills total $1,434 annually. Energy costs average about $1,986 per year, and these expenses are also on the rise.

Impact on Potential Homebuyers

These increasing costs are especially burdensome at a time when homeownership in California is becoming less affordable. According to recent data from the California Association of Realtors, only 17% of households could afford to purchase a median-priced home in the first quarter of the year. In San Francisco, potential homebuyers need to earn at least $422,000 annually to afford a home, which is more than five times the median annual income for U.S. households.

Comparing Costs Across States

California's homeownership costs are second only to Hawaii, where homeowners face average annual expenses of $29,015. In contrast, states like Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi have the lowest homeownership costs, averaging $11,559, $11,692, and $11,881 respectively.

Benefits of Working with an Expert Realtor

In this challenging market, having a knowledgeable and experienced realtor can make all the difference. Jeff Marples, a top real estate agent in San Francisco, offers invaluable expertise and local market insights. His personalized service ensures you get the best deals, whether you’re buying or selling a home. Jeff's strong negotiation skills and comprehensive market analysis help you make informed decisions, navigating San Francisco's competitive real estate landscape with confidence.


The rising costs of homeownership in California highlight the financial challenges faced by current and potential homeowners. Understanding these expenses is crucial for anyone looking to buy or maintain a home in the state. With home prices, maintenance costs, and insurance premiums all increasing, working with an expert like Jeff Marples can provide the guidance and support needed to succeed in the San Francisco real estate market.

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