Affordability Archive

Property Values By State from 2005-2018

Home price appreciation is an important topic in today’s economy. Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), we can analyze the gains and losses of property values over time. I estimated the median property values by state in...

Workforce Migration and Affordability: A Closer Look

The workforce is moving to less affordable areas. – In the last 12 months, more than 1.7 million LinkedIn members who lived in the 20 largest metropolitan areas moved from a more affordable place to a less affordable place....

Homebuying Demand Still Strong in Job-Creating Affordable States According to NAR September 2018 Survey

Based on REALTORS® who reported about their transactions in September 2018, home buying activity slowed compared to the level of activity one year ago on a national level, according to the  September 2018 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. The REALTORS®...

How Many Active Listings Can you Afford to Buy in the 100 Largest Metro Areas?

Find out how many of the homes which are currently listed for sale you can afford to buy based on your income. A typical household earning about $51,000[1] can afford to buy 36% of homes for sales in the...

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...