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  • sage2123 sage2123 Jun 4, 2014 9:25 AM Flag

    Half of Americans can’t afford their house

    I guess there are two different ways to view this....

    1. Half of all homeowners don't fit Toll's demographic, or

    2. The next economic downturn could add half of all homes to the overall supply inventory.

    Over half of Americans (52%) have had to make at least one major sacrifice in order to cover their rent or mortgage over the last three years, according to the “How Housing Matters Survey,” which was commissioned by the nonprofit John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and carried out by Hart Research Associates. These sacrifices include getting a second job, deferring saving for retirement, cutting back on health care, running up credit card debt, or even moving to a less safe neighborhood or one with worse schools.

    “Affordability issues are real and a major hurdle,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, an industry group. Home prices have increased 20% over the past two years while wages have barely gone up, he says. “Only by adding more new supply, via housing starts, can home prices be tamed,” Yun adds. In fact, construction of housing units has averaged around 1.5 million a year for the past five decades, he says, but it’s likely to be less than 1 million in 2014.

    What’s more, at least 15% of American homeowners (or residents of 78 counties across the country) were living in housing markets where the monthly mortgage payment on a median-priced home requires more than 30% of the monthly median household income — long considered the maximum for rent/mortgage repayments. Housing costs above that threshold are “unaffordable by historic standards,” says Daren Blomquist, vice president at real estate data firm RealtyTrac. In New York county/Manhattan, mortgage payments represent 77% of the median income and in San Francisco County represents 70%.

    Sentiment: Sell

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    • 3/4 of Americans can't afford their rent. Rent is up 8% from prior year. If it rises just 6% per year, that crummy little apartment that you pay $800/mo for will cost you $840,000 over the next 30 years. Renting is pennywise and pound foolish. All you will have to show for it at the end of 30yrs is just a pile of rental receipts. LOL.

      Sentiment: Buy

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