California Housing Affordability Hits 10-Year Low

November 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

California’s housing affordability hit a 10-year low in the third quarter, with tight housing inventory driving home prices higher and reducing purchasing power for homebuyers, primarily in previously more affordable regions, such as the Inland Empire and Central Valley, according to data released by the California Association of Realtors.

Housing affordability has hit all time low in Los Angeles County.

Housing affordability has hit all time low in Los Angeles County.

But housing affordability also slipped in Los Angeles County, CAR said in a statement.

The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced existing single-family home in California in the third quarter fell to 28 percent, down from 29 percent in the second quarter of 2017 and down from 31 percent in the third quarter a year ago, according to CAR’s Traditional Housing Affordability Index.

This is the 18th consecutive quarter that the index has been below 40 percent and the lowest since third-quarter 2015, CAR said. California’s housing affordability index hit a peak of 56 percent in the first quarter of 2012.

CAR’s housing affordability index measures the percentage of all households that can afford to purchase a median-priced, single-family home in California. The index is considered the most fundamental measure of housing well-being for homebuyers in the state.

A minimum annual income of $112,100 was needed to qualify for the purchase of a $555,680 statewide median-priced existing single-family home in the third quarter of 2017, CAR said. The monthly payment, including taxes and insurance on a 30-year fixed-rate loan, would be $2,800, assuming a 20 percent down payment and an effective composite interest rate of 4.16 percent. The
effective composite interest rate in second-quarter 2017 was 4.09 percent and 3.76 percent in the third quarter of 2016.

Housing affordability in Los Angeles County dropped 6 points from an index of 28 in the second quarter to an index of 22 in the third quarter as the area’s median home price jumped $81,000 in one quarter to reach nearly $600,000. Meanwhile, affordability improved in the Bay Area.

The affordability of condominiums and townhomes dipped in third-quarter 2017 compared to the previous quarter with 38 percent of California households earning the minimum income to qualify for the purchase of a $440,000 median-priced condominium/townhome, down from 39 in the second quarter. An annual income of $88,770 was required to make monthly payments of $2,220. Thirty-eight percent of households could afford to purchase the $443,400 priced condo or townhome in second-quarter 2017.

Home Prices Rise

July 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The median price of a home in Los Angeles County rose by 6.2 percent in June, compared with the same month a year ago, while the number of homes sold dipped by 3.5 percent, a real estate information service announced Tuesday.

According to CoreLogic, the median price of a Los Angeles County home was $530,000 last month, up from $499,000 in June 2015. A total of 7,869 homes were sold in the county, down from 8,152 during the same month the previous year.

In Orange County, the median price was $657,500 last month, up 4.6 percent from $628,500 in June 2015. The number of homes sold dropped by 1.7 percent, from 3,850 in June 2015 to 3,786 last month.

A total of 24,326 new and resale houses and condos changed hands in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties last month, according to CoreLogic. That was up 9 percent from 22,327 in May and down 0.2 percent from 24,377 in June 2015.

The median price of a Southern California home was $464,000 in June, up 1 percent from $459,500 in May and up 5 percent from $442,000 in June 2015.

“The median price paid for a Southern California home has risen on a year-over-year basis each month for more than four years, and over the past two years those  annual gains have been single-digit and fairly steady, averaging about 6 percent,” said Andrew LePage, a research analyst for CoreLogic. “As the region’s median sale price edges closer – within 8 percent – to its all-time high, it’s important to consider the context: It’s been almost nine years since the median peaked at $505,000 in the spring-summer of 2007.

Adjusting for inflation, last month’s $464,000 median remained almost 19 percent below that 2007 peak. Even in Orange County, where last month’s median sale price hit a new high for the second consecutive month, the median, after adjusting for inflation, was still about 10 percent below its all-time high from the last cycle.”

CA Renters Want to Buy a Home, But Face Obstacles

June 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Nearly half of California renters plan to buy a home in the future, but many are encountering affordability and financial obstacles, according to a survey released Wednesday by the California Association of Realtors.

Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said they plan to buy a house, with 10 percent saying that they plan to buy within a year. For those not planning to buy, an improvement in finances, lower housing prices, and saving enough for a down payment would motivate them to buy now.

Of the 28 percent of renters who said they don’t plan to buy in the future, half said they can’t afford it, 20 percent prefer to rent, 19 percent said they can’t qualify for a mortgage, and 15 percent lack a down payment.

Job uncertainty (9 percent), economic uncertainty (12 percent), and housing market uncertainty (6 percent) were among other reasons renters cited for not buying a home.

One in four millennial renters said they plan to purchase a home that will accommodate their parents, and about one in five millennials indicated they plan to pool funds with family members to buy a home.

Hispanic renters were more likely to buy a home that will accommodate their parents and/or adult children than any other ethnic group, with 46 percent indicating so, compared with 35 percent of blacks, 32 percent of Asians, and 29 percent of whites.

Other key findings from CAR’s “2016 Renter Survey” include:

—Forty-six percent of renters claimed they currently rent because they can’t afford to buy, and 13 percent said they have poor credit and can’t qualify for a loan. The remaining renters choose to rent because they like the flexibility, freedom and ease of renting, are concerned about the maintenance costs of owning a home, or are not interested or aren’t ready to buy.

—Fifteen percent of renters plan to buy a home out of their current area, with 7 percent planning to move to another state, 7 percent to another county in California, and 1 percent to another country.

—Of the renters who are planning to leave the area where they currently reside, 27 percent are moving to find lower housing prices, 24 percent are moving for a better neighborhood, 14 percent want to be closer to family, 9 percent want a shorter commute, and 7 percent are moving for a better school district.

The survey was conducted online to 1,000 renters statewide in March. Complete survey results can be viewed at

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