Affordability Archive

Manufactured Homes: Affordable, Safe, and Decent Housing for Aspiring Homeowners

This blog highlights the findings of a May 2018 Realtor® University Center for Real Estate Studies[1] research paper that found that manufactured homes[2] have increasingly become safer, with customized designs that give them the look of site-built homes, while...

Housing Affordability in June 2018

The NAR Research Group and REALTOR.COM have partnered to conduct an analysis of affordability at different income levels for all active inventory on the market.  The result of this analysis, the REALTORS® Affordability Distribution Curve and Score, shows that...

Harnessing Technology for Everyone

By Bronwen Leibe Hi there! I am this summer’s research intern here at NAR! I attend the University of Maryland (go Terps!) where I am studying economics and history. I have been working on a few interesting reports and...
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July 5, 2018

April 2018 Housing Affordability Index

At the national level, housing affordability is down from last month and down from a year ago. Mortgage rates rose to 4.66 percent this April, up 13.4 percent compared to 4.11 percent a year ago. Housing affordability declined from...

A More Encompassing Look at Housing Affordability: REALTORS® Affordability Distribution Curve and Score

Because housing is a big part of many Americans’ financial wellbeing the ability to access homeownership – housing affordability – is an important topic. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Housing Affordability Index is a great way to understand...