Moving Up Is MORE Affordable Now Than Almost Any Other Time In 40 Years

If you are considering selling your current home, to either move up to a larger home or into a home in an area that better suits your current family needs, like say Cape Cod for example, it may be a while to find a better time than now!

According to a Trulia study published in March 2018, Last week,  examined home affordability over the last 40+ years (1975-2016). Their research:

“Nationally, homes are just about the most affordable they’ve been in the last 40 years… the median household could afford a home 1.5 times more expensive than the median home price. In 1980, the median household could only afford about 3/4 of the median home price.

Despite relatively stagnant incomes, affordability has grown due to the sharp drop in mortgage rates over the last 30 years – from a high of over 16% in the 1980s to under 4% by 2016.

Of the nation’s 100 largest metros, only Miami became unaffordable between 1990 and 2016. Meanwhile, 22 metros have flipped from being unaffordable to becoming affordable in that same time frame.”

The above graph is the Affordability Index compared to the 40-year average

It shows that housing affordability is better now than at any other time in the last forty years, except during the housing crash last decade.

(Remember that during the crash you could purchase distressed properties – foreclosures and short sales – at 20-50% discounts.)

There is no doubt that with home prices and mortgage rates on the rise, the affordability index will continue to fall. That is why if you are thinking of moving up, you probably shouldn’t wait.

Bottom Line

If you have held off on moving up or purchasing your deam home on Cape Cod  because you were hoping to time the market, that time has come. 

Contact me at 508-744-3853 or gpetraglia@kinlingrover.com to learn more.

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm
Gene Petraglia | Category: Uncategorized

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