ATTOM’s Housing Affordability Index

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Affordability Index Overview

ATTOM Data Solutions affordability index quarterly update takes an in-depth analysis into historical home affordability trends. The housing affordability index is available at the county level and can be customized to meet your data needs. Discover areas where home price appreciation is outpacing wage growth as well as the annual income typically needed to buy a home. The housing affordability report determines affordability for average wage earners by calculating the amount of income needed to make monthly house payments — including mortgage, property taxes and insurance — on a median-priced home, assuming a 3 percent down payment and a 28 percent maximum “front-end” debt-to-income ratio.

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ATTOM’s housing affordability index report analyzes median home prices derived from publicly recorded sales deed data collected by ATTOM and average wage data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The housing affordability index is based on the percentage of average wages needed to make a monthly house payment on a median-priced home with a 30-year fixed rate mortgage and a 3 percent down payment, including property taxes, home insurance and mortgage insurance. Average 30-year fixed interest rates from the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey are used to calculate the monthly house payments.

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