In all, 62.6 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and the end of June were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $63,900. This is down from the 65.5 percent of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in the first quarter.
The national median home price increased from $195,000 in the first quarter to $214,000 in the second quarter. Meanwhile, average mortgage interest rates decreased from 4.57 percent to 4.44 percent in the same period.
“With interest rates near historically low levels and strengthening job growth, now continues to be a great opportunity to buy a home,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del.
“The second quarter HOI reflects the slow but steady march toward the historic levels of price appreciation and interest rates that result in affordability levels we experienced before the mid-2000s boom,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “While we are seeing a slight decrease in affordability, it is still fairly high by historical standards.”