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Black Knight Mortgage Monitor for December: "Worst affordability levels since 2008"

by Calculated Risk on 2/07/2022 10:18:00 AM

Today, in the Calculated Risk Real Estate Newsletter: Black Knight Mortgage Monitor for December: “Worst affordability levels since 2008”

A brief excerpt:

And on the payment to income ratio:

o It now takes 25.8% of the median household income to purchase the average home with 20% down and a 30-year mortgage, up from the 22.4% required at the end of Q3 2021

o Interest rate jumps in recent weeks have pushed us rapidly above the long-term, pre-Great Recession average payment-to-income ratio of 25%, resulting in the worst affordability levels since 2008

o While a 20.5% ratio has been the tipping point between market acceleration and deceleration over the past decade, severe inventory shortfalls are keeping home prices running hotter than they might otherwise

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