Home affordability is a common discussion in the Reno-Sparks market.   According to this study affordability in Nevada is slightly better than it was between 1995-2003 due primarily to lower interest rates now than during that time.   So although this may be true for Nevada overall, it is not necessarily true for the Reno-Sparks market.  We have compared prices for our market below.  If you are considering buying the Shocket Team can help you understand the market.  Reno-SparksRealEstate.com

Reno-Sparks Median Price 2003 – $240,000.  With interest rate at 5.83% purchasing a home with 20% down the payment would be approximately $1532.80.

Reno-Sparks Median Price 2018 (1st Q) – $368,000.  With interest rate at 4.5% purchasing a home wit 20% down the payment would be approximately $2013.05.

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With both home prices and mortgage rates increasing this year, many are concerned about a family’s ability to purchase a major part of the American Dream – its own home. However, if we compare housing affordability today to the average affordability prior to the housing boom and bust, we are in much better shape than most believe.

In Black Knight’s latest monthly Mortgage Monitor, they revealed that in the vast majority of the country, it is actually more affordable to purchase a home today than it was between 1995 to 2003 when looking at mortgage payments (determined by price and interest rate) as compared to incomes. Home prices are up compared to 1995-2003, but mortgage rates are still much lower now than at that time. Today, they stand at about 4.5%. Here are the average mortgage rates for each of the years mentioned:

  • 1995 – 7.93%
  • 1996 – 7.81%
  • 1997 – 7.6%
  • 1998 – 6.94%
  • 1999 – 7.44%
  • 2000 – 8.05%
  • 2001 – 6.97%
  • 2002 – 6.54%
  • 2003 – 5.83%

On the other hand, wages have risen over the last twenty years.

Black Knight’s research revealed that, when comparing “the share of median income required to buy the median-priced home” today, to the average between 1995 to 2003, it is currently more affordable to purchase a home in 44 of 50 states.

Here is a state map of the percentage change in the price-to-payment ratio. Positive numbers indicate that it is less affordable to buy while negative numbers indicate that it is more affordable.

Homes are More Affordable in 44 out of 50 States | MyKCM

Bottom Line

Whether you are moving up to the home of your dreams or purchasing your first house, it is a great time to buy when looking at historic affordability data.