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Keeping an Eye on Affordability

Incomes and the job market are strong, but homes are still out of reach for some. How has affordability been impacted by the improving economy, and what can we expect in the future?

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Seattle Reigns as Most Affordable Tech Hub

According to a recent analysis of West Coast software havens, Seattle is the clear-cut winner in terms of housing affordability, With more affordable condos and detached homes, it far outweighs nearby San Francisco—even with income and other costs of living considered. The median detached home price in Seattle is $610,000 compared to San Francisco’s $1.2 million.

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Homebuyers Hindered by Affordability

The national affordability index noted that consumers would need to spend 33.6 percent of wages to buy a median-priced home nationally. Though this is below the historic average of 34.6 percent, it is still the highest amount since Q4 2008. However, 25 percent of counties covered by the index noted that the share of average wages necessary to buy a median-priced home is above the historic average.

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Affordability Dips Year-Over-Year

Real house prices have jumped significantly over the past year, rising more than 8 percent since January 2016. According to First American, these pricing jumps coupled with low inventory spell a seller’s market for spring. “Despite the monthly increase in affordability and continued strong wage growth, homes are less affordable across the country compared to a year ago,” said First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming.

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