By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Real Estate Weekly News -- Lower interest rates in the second quarter of 2014 failed to offset continued home price increases, lowering housing affordability statewide and in 19 of 26 counties in California, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said.
The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California fell from 33 percent in the first quarter of 2014 to 30 percent in second-quarter 2014 and was down from 36 percent in second-quarter 2013, according to C.A.R.'s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI).
C.A.R.'s HAI measures the percentage of all households that can afford to purchase a median-priced, single-family home in California. C.A.R. also reports affordability indices for regions and select counties within the state. The Index is considered the most fundamental measure of housing well-being for home buyers in the state.
Home buyers needed to earn a minimum annual income of $93,590 to qualify for the purchase of a $457,140 statewide median-priced, existing single-family home in the second quarter of 2014. The monthly payment, including taxes and insurance on a 30-year fixed-rate loan, would be $2,340, assuming a 20 percent down payment and an effective composite interest rate of 4.32 percent. The effective composite interest rate in first-quarter 2014 was 4.46 percent and 3.64 percent in the second quarter of 2012.
The median home price was $416,720 in first-quarter 2014, and an annual income of $86,420 was needed to purchase a home at that price.
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