Rising Interest Rates, House Prices Push Thousands Out of the Market

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Economics, Land Development by on December 13, 2016 5 Comments

One thousand dollars might sound insignificant when compared to the overall price of a new home. But that relatively small amount of money has a surprisingly big impact on affordability.

NAHB economists recently determined that for every $1,000 increase in the cost of today’s median-priced home, nearly 153,000 American households are priced out and would no longer be able to afford it.

Many builders and developers are finding it increasingly difficult to avoid these price jumps in the face of mounting regulations and government-imposed fees, which can add up quickly and shut the door on a growing number of prospective buyers.

Those numbers become even more eye-opening when looking at potential interest rate increases. With just a quarter-point rise in the rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, approximately 1.2 million people would be priced out of that segment of the market and forced to set their sights lower than a median-priced home—or delay their home purchase altogether.

But the impact varies widely across the country. The effects are more significant in areas where new homes are more affordable.

Eye On Housing recently revealed which states and metro areas have the highest percentage of priced-out households. Additional details about the methodology of the study are also available on nahb.org.


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  1. Therefore become aggressive with educational programs for prospects to become more fiscally responsible.
    Present programs to your existing buyers and future buyers.
    Teach them how to create a budget and follow it.
    Post blogs and press releases to further this education process!
    The more fiscally knowledgeable our prospects become, the more buyers will close on homes they can be proud to own and care for today and tomorrow!
    ONwards and UPwards!

  2. Keith R says:

    Many buyers, especially first time buys do not realize what a half point increase really means to their loan amount.

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