Breaking Down the Drivers of Home Affordability
The cost of living is going up. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) April Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 8.3% over the past year, higher than consensus estimates. From food, to energy, cars and shelter, no sector is safe from inflation.
Higher prices don’t always mean less affordable, relatively speaking. The Housing Affordability Index (HAI) measures whether or not a typical family earns enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a typical home at the national and regional levels based on the most recent price and income data.