A $1,000 Increase in Home Prices Keeps More than 200,000 Households Out of the Market

canstockphoto13999542up arrow with house(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) According to a new study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), each $1,000 increase in the cost of a new median-priced home price forces 206,000 prospective buyers nationwide out of the marketplace. As an example, a $1,000 increase to a median-priced home in Texas would shutout 18,250 would-be homeowners.

Based on national mortgage underwriting standards and incorporating the latest income distribution data from the American Community Survey and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the report contains detailed results for more than 300 metro areas.

“This study highlights the real effects that building regulations have on housing affordability,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. “Local, state and federal government officials need to know that higher regulatory costs have real consequences for working American families. Oftentimes, these government regulations end up pushing the price of housing beyond the means of many teachers, police officers, firefighters and other middle class workers.”

The analysis also found that every $833 increase in fees paid during the construction process – such as the price of a construction permit or an impact fee – adds an additional $1,000 to the final price of the home.

Measured by local metro areas, the number of households who would be priced out of the market based on a $1,000 increase range from a low of 19 in Napa, Calif. to a high of 5,742 in the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. area.

The full study is available online at nahb.org/PricedOut2014.

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