Often times when we talk about home affordability, we always mention mortgage rate increase and inventory as the key drivers. This time, we are bringing in a new player in the game that will change the way we look at home affordability. Although this may vary on a case-to-case basis, this is still definitely something you should look at.
According to the National Association of Realtors' (NAR) September 2018 Housing Affordability Index, wages have increased in every region of the country:
After applying current salaries, home prices, and mortgage rates to their Home Affordability Index equation, the index, though still lower than this time last year (160.1 to 146.7), increased over the last month (141.2 to 146.7). For the complete methodology used by NAR, click here.
The percentage of income needed to own a home has also decreased each of the last three months. It currently sits at 17% which is substantially lower than historic numbers.
If you are a first-time buyer or a move-up buyer who believes that purchasing a home is not within your budget, check with a local real estate professional to find out if that is still true.