Bottom Line…? It’s the Affordable Index..!
I received an email update from the Sacramento Business Journal this morning and thought I’d pass it on.
Some of the larger Real Estate companies in the area are talking about how the market is going to be about the same as it was last year. Click Here for the Article, but read below why. It’s not discussed in the article but below you’ll see why it’s important.
My take on what makes a great market…? Buyers who can qualify for a loan and purchase the inventory.
If you look at the links below, you’ll see why, even though prices have risen a lot over the last few years, the “affordability index” shows there’s plenty of Buyers out there able to qualify and purchase a home in this market.
Why is this important…? It’s a gauge in my opinion to know when a market is about to change. For instance I remember when I moved here to Folsom in 1989, the index was at 19% of Buyers who could qualify for the median priced home using the “traditional method” in the San Francisco Bay Area, while it was at 49% here in the Sacramento area.
Just before the big crash of a few years ago in late 2006 I saw an article where the index was at 19% here. Shortly after I read that report, I started seeing lots of short sales and REO’s hit the market just like it did in the early 90’s.
From the data below you’ll come away with idea that we’ve got a long way to go before prices go up so high they become unaffordable. Of course this assumes interest rates stay near where they are now.
First Time Buyers
First Time Buyer’s Affordability Index
First Time Buyer’s Affordability Index Methodolgy
Traditional Affordability Index
The Affordability Index
Traditional Housing Affordability Index Methodology
Let me know what you think.
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