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Russia – Ukraine war threatens to impact U.S. housing affordability

By Mike Wheatley | February 27, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his military forces to invade Ukraine this week and the conflict has made headlines around the globe. Experts say financial markets across the world will likely feel the impact of what’s said to be the largest military operation in Europe since World War II. In the U.S., experts say the […]

Study shows homeownership still more affordable than renting in most parts of the U.S.

By Mike Wheatley | January 7, 2022
Rising home prices and the issues that causes for housing affordability have attracted plenty of headlines over the past year. But homeownership is still more affordable than renting in most markets, according to the latest study by ATTOM Data Solutions. The study found that owning a media-priced, three-bedroom home is more affordable than renting an […]

Housing affordability shrinks for average wage earners

By Mike Wheatley | January 2, 2022
Analysis of the housing market shows that housing affordability shrank again in 2021, though the average wage earner in most U.S. counties can still afford to buy. The National Association of Realtors’ December Housing Affordability Index shows that surging demand for a very limited inventory of homes is fueling higher home prices, resulting in a […]
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FHFA tells Fannie & Freddie to focus on housing affordability in 2022

By Mike Wheatley | November 22, 2021
The Federal Housing Finance Agency has put affordability at the top of its agenda in its annual to-do list for government-sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In its 2022 Scorecard, the FHFA also called on Fannie and Freddie to update their pricing frameworks to boost support for “core mission borrowers”. The target is loan-level […]

Teachers and nurses are being forced to live in older, smaller rental homes

By Mike Wheatley | October 4, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has helped thousands of Americans to relocate to more affordable parts of the country thanks to their ability to work remotely from anywhere. But for people whose jobs still require them to be there in person – such as teachers and nurses – the opposite is true. As a new analysis from […]

Student debt cited as biggest obstacle to homeownership by half of would-be buyers

By Mike Wheatley | September 22, 2021
Home buyers are increasingly being held back by student debt, according to a new report by the National Association of Realtors and Morning Consult. The report delivers the alarming finding that half of all potential home buyers surveyed this year said they didn’t buy a home due to their mounting student debts. And it’s mostly […]

Buyers are choosing affordability and space over short commutes

By Mike Wheatley | July 26, 2021
Americans are increasingly showing a preference for affordability over shorter commute times, as the price of homes within easy reach of downtown job centers grows more slowly than those that are further flung, a new study has found. The analysis from Zillow and maps provider HERE Technologies notes that short commute times have always come […]
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