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Economic Perspectives

A Broader Look at Housing Affordability

Authored by Brian Jones, FHLBNY Financial Economist


Highlights

March 29, 2019

Housing affordability fell across the U.S., but held up comparatively well in the Northeast

Housing opportunity gauges provide an alternative way of looking at the affordability issue

Proportion of homes on the market accessible to median income earners declined in FHLBNY district

An increasingly limited portion of local housing market accessible to low-income earners

When considering the outlook for residential real estate in the United States, the same factors are often cited as constraining sales…

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