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Housing Affordability Index

The Housing Affordability Index measures whether or not a typical family earns enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a typical home at the national and regional levels based on the most recent price and income data.

Monthly Index

The Monthly Housing Affordability Index measures whether or not a typical family earns enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a typical home at the national and regional levels based on the most recent monthly price and income data.

Monthly Housing Affordability Index for printing (PDF: 33K)
Monthly Housing Affordability Index for database work (Excel: 40K)

Quarterly Index

The Quarterly Housing Affordability Index measures whether or not a typical family qualifies for a mortgage loan on a typical home at the national and regional levels based on quarterly price and income data, as well as a look at affordability conditions for first time buyers.

First-time Homebuyer Affordability for printing (PDF: 158K)
First-time Homebuyer Affordability for database work (Excel: 29K)

Quarterly Housing Affordability for printing (PDF: 153K)
Quarterly Housing Affordability for database work (Excel: 29K)

Metropolitan Index

The metropolitan index shows the existing single-family home affordability index over the past three years, by metropolitan area.

Metro Affordability 2014 for printing (PDF: 482K)
Metro Affordability 2014 for database work (MS Excel: 65K)

Historical Information

Historical data can be purchased in the REALTOR® Store.

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The Housing Affordability Index measures whether or not a typical family earns enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a typical home at the national and regional levels based on the most recent monthly price and income data.

February 12, 2015
This interactive infographic shows the housing affordability index over the course of the year 2014.
February 11, 2015
The majority of metropolitan areas experienced steady but slightly stronger price growth in the fourth quarter of 2014.
November 6, 2014
Home prices continued to grow in most metropolitan areas in the third quarter, but all four major regions saw increases at or below 5 percent from a year ago.
August 12, 2014
Home-price growth continued to moderate in many metro areas in the second quarter and year-over-year price appreciation is at its slowest pace since 2012.
May 12, 2014
Although strong year-over-year price growth continued in most metropolitan areas in the first quarter, increases were somewhat smaller.

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Next Monthly Release

NAR will release its next monthly report on housing affordability on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10 a.m. ET.

Next Quarterly Release

NAR will release its next quarterly report on housing affordability on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 10 a.m. ET.

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