Archive: September 2016

Homes Are Getting More Affordable

Single-family home ownership rising
Low mortgage rates, income gains are a key factor

Housing is becoming more affordable, and single-family home ownership has seen its biggest rise since 2007, according to a new analysis of American Community Survey data.

The National Association of Realtors, citing a Wall Street Journal report, says that low mortgage rates as well as recent income gainsĀ are improving the outlook both for home buyers and for renters.

A University of California – Berkeley researcher found:

  • About 33.6 percent of households were cost-burdened in 2015, which means they spent more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing costs, compared to 34.6 percent a year earlier.
  • About 49 percent of renters were cost-burdened in 2015, which means they spent more than 30 percent of their incomes in rent, compared to about 50 percent the previous year.

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