(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – First quarter home prices saw a decrease in value of $5,000 to $210,000, while average mortgage interest fell from 4.29 percent to 4.03 percent in the same period. Falling prices and interest rates brought a boost in nationwide affordability in the first quarter of 2015, says the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released May 14, 2015.
“The past two quarters have seen an improvement in affordability as mortgage rates remain low,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Eighty-five percent of the metropolitan areas measured experienced an increase in affordability. Along with favorable home prices and pent-up demand, this broad improvement should help encourage more buyers to enter the marketplace.”
“Consumers benefitted from continued low mortgage rates and some fall in the price of homes sold in the first quarter, as these conditions offer a great time to buy,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo.
Up from the 62.8 percent of homes sold to median-income earners in the fourth quarter, 66.5 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of January and end of March were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $65,800.
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