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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10709 E Emerald Avenue, Mesa 85208, Parkwood Ranch Parcel 6

  • $222,900
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,311
  • Lot size: 6,517
  • Year built: 1998
  • MLS #: 5696169
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4725 E Brown Road, Mesa 85205, Sundance Villas Lot 1-88 & TR A-D

  • $218,500
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,612
  • Lot size: 4,502
  • Year built: 1987
  • MLS #: 5649067
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315 S 82nd Way, Mesa 85208, Desert Sage TR 4 Blks 29 Lots 19-36

  • $199,900
  • Bedrooms: 5, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 2,536
  • Lot size: 13,591
  • Year built: 1968
  • MLS #: 5695880
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8961 E Balsam Avenue, Mesa 85208, Broadway Manor

  • $212,650
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,342
  • Lot size: 8,032
  • Year built: 1998
  • MLS #: 5644537
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1930 E Inverness Avenue, Mesa 85204, Suntree

  • $181,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,089
  • Lot size: 3,916
  • Year built: 1982
  • MLS #: 5698032
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2651 E Billings Street, Mesa 85213, Mesa Villas Replat

  • $225,000
  • Bedrooms: 4, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,490
  • Lot size: 6,753
  • Year built: 1979
  • MLS #: 5664516
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140 W Campbell Court, Gilbert 85233, Arbor Walk Amd

  • $205,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,226
  • Lot size: 838
  • Year built: 2003
  • MLS #: 5689155
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1055 N Recker Road, Mesa 85205, Brookfield West 1 Amd Replat

  • $177,900
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,317
  • Lot size: 2,205
  • Year built: 1987
  • MLS #: 5697985
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4376 E Jasper Drive, Gilbert 85296, Gardens

  • $220,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 3
  • Home size: 1,571
  • Lot size: 792
  • Year built: 2004
  • MLS #: 5662082
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1426 W 6th Street, Mesa 85201, North Garden Grove

  • $163,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,292
  • Lot size: 8,734
  • Year built: 1959
  • MLS #: 5691031
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11458 E Persimmon Avenue, Mesa 85212, Meridian Pointe Unit 3

  • $191,100
  • Bedrooms: 4, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,308
  • Lot size: 5,500
  • Year built: 2000
  • MLS #: 5661744
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1043 N April --, Mesa 85203, Enchanted Village 2

  • $215,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,455
  • Lot size: 8,211
  • Year built: 1972
  • MLS #: 5697736
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507 S Rogers --, Mesa 85202, Bray Acres 3 Lot 1-112 TR A

  • $220,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,600
  • Lot size: 6,016
  • Year built: 1970
  • MLS #: 5647239
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109 N Kachina --, Mesa 85203, EL Dorado Estates OF Mesa

  • $210,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,132
  • Lot size: 6,264
  • Year built: 1979
  • MLS #: 5679069
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5135 E Evergreen Street, Mesa 85205, Northpointe 1 Lot 1153-1268 1269-1272

  • $179,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,116
  • Lot size: 1,786
  • Year built: 1985
  • MLS #: 5697555
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