Monday, August 24, 2009

Affordability Index

Housing affordability condition remains extremely favorable. NAR’s Housing Affordability Index, while declining modestly in June, was still the sixth-highest index on record dating back to 1970. With a 20% down payment and 25% of gross income committed to mortgage principal and interest, a median-income family earning $60,700 could now afford a home costing $289,100 at the current interest rate, well above the median existing-home price of $181,800.

With the housing affordability index at 16%, it is far below the historical standard of 25%.

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