2 Charts That Show the Truth about Home Affordability

2 Charts That Show the Truth about Home Affordability | Simplifying The Market

There is a lot of discussion about the current state of housing affordability for both first-time and move-up buyers, and much of the narrative is tarnished with a negative slant. However, the truth is that housing affordability is better today than at almost any time in our history.

The naysayers are correct in the fact that affordability today is not as good as it has been over the last several years. But, we must remember that home prices collapsed during the housing crash, and distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) kept home values depressed for years. When we compare affordability to the decades that proceeded the crash, a different story is revealed.

Here is a graph of the National Association of Realtors’ Housing Affordability Index. The higher the graph, the more affordable homes are.

2 Charts That Show the Truth about Home Affordability | Simplifying The Market

We can see that affordability is better today than in the fifteen years prior to the boom and bust.

CoreLogic just published a report showing the National Homebuyers’ “Typical Mortgage Payment.” Here is a graph of their findings:

2 Charts That Show the Truth about Home Affordability | Simplifying The Market

It reveals that, though a ‘typical’ housing payment was less expensive in 2012 (remember distressed properties), it is currently less expensive than it was in 2000 and is still projected to be lower next year than it was in 2000.

Bottom Line

Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, explained it best:

“While borrowing power for the potential home buyer has fallen relative to the low point of 2012, it remains high today and will remain high next year, relative to the long run average. If you don’t want to rent anymore and are considering becoming a homeowner, even if mortgage rates rise next year, your borrowing power will remain strong by historic standards.”

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453 N Larkspur Street, Gilbert 85234, Village 2 Lot 90-225 & TR A

  • $216,500
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,406
  • Lot size: 7,031
  • Year built: 1979
  • MLS #: 5805764
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640 E 1st Place, Mesa 85203, Mesa Villa Sub Plat 1

  • $215,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,238
  • Lot size: 8,233
  • Year built: 1944
  • MLS #: 5801033
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1725 N Date Street, Mesa 85201, Ivy Gardens

  • $166,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,326
  • Lot size: 3,363
  • Year built: 1979
  • MLS #: 5806969
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539 S 91st Place, Mesa 85208, Apache Trails

  • $225,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,320
  • Lot size: 8,638
  • Year built: 1960
  • MLS #: 5804765
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2455 E Broadway Road, Mesa 85204, Summer Place Terrace Lot 1-130 Tract A1-A5 B&C

  • $170,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,269
  • Lot size: 1,562
  • Year built: 1986
  • MLS #: 5802997
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120 S Spencer --, Mesa 85204, Woodland Terrace

  • $225,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,308
  • Lot size: 8,303
  • Year built: 1955
  • MLS #: 5785749
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1020 W 6th Place, Mesa 85201, Emerson Manor

  • $225,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,317
  • Lot size: 11,263
  • Year built: 1957
  • MLS #: 5804480
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11419 E Elton Avenue, Mesa 85208, Desert Village

  • $219,900
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,312
  • Lot size: 9,117
  • Year built: 1972
  • MLS #: 5806837
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1123 S Drew Street, Mesa 85210, Beall Park 2

  • $210,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,370
  • Lot size: 8,149
  • Year built: 1969
  • MLS #: 5796463
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137 N Miller Street, Mesa 85203, Stewarts East Mesa Add

  • $200,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,324
  • Lot size: 7,514
  • Year built: 1965
  • MLS #: 5787140
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131 E Jacaranda Street, Mesa 85201, Old West Valley Lot 1-122

  • $209,900
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,196
  • Lot size: 6,978
  • Year built: 1979
  • MLS #: 5797606
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957 E 7th Drive, Mesa 85204, Sunnyfield Park 2

  • $225,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,450
  • Lot size: 5,911
  • Year built: 1968
  • MLS #: 5796155
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1265 S Aaron --, Mesa 85209, Muirfield Village Condominium

  • $215,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2.5
  • Home size: 1,535
  • Lot size: 780
  • Year built: 2008
  • MLS #: 5799591
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1500 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa 85201, Country Club Heights Unit 3 2ND Amd 1-152 A-D

  • $155,000
  • Bedrooms: 4, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,300
  • Lot size: 867
  • Year built: 1974
  • MLS #: 5805494
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9056 E Gable Avenue, Mesa 85209, Amador

  • $208,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,345
  • Lot size: 3,993
  • Year built: 2002
  • MLS #: 5793159
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