Housing Remains Highly Affordable for Sixth Consecutive Quarter

Bolstered by favorable interest rates and low house prices, housing affordability remained near its highest level nationwide for the sixth consecutive month since the series was first compiled nearly two decades ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).

The HOI indicated that 72.3% of all new and existing homes sold in the second quarter of 2010 were affordable to families earning the national median income of $64,400. The index for the second quarter was slightly more affordable than the previous quarter and almost equaled the record-high 72.5% set during the first quarter of 2009. Until 2009, the HOI rarely topped 67% and never reached 70%.

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