The latest in the housing affordability crisis, which is likely to see tens of millions of Americans lost to foreclosures and foreclosing on homes in the coming months, has finally come to a head.
A new survey by the National Association of Realtors shows that only 12.5% of homes are in a “safe” condition, and just 8.6% are in the “very safe” category.
That means less than 10% of American households are currently on track to stay in their homes in any given month.
And when you consider that the median home price has already soared above $500,000 for the first time in a decade, this is clearly a troubling situation.
With many Americans scrambling to save up for a home they’re sure will become unaffordable, a few facts might help clear up the situation: 1.
Home ownership is not in a free-for-all.
The vast majority of homeowners are not in the market for a new house, even if they’re making a lot of money from their previous homes.
“The percentage of households that are in home ownership has not changed significantly over the past year, while the percentage of Americans with incomes below $100,000 has increased significantly,” the National Realtor survey said.
“In 2014, a majority of households with incomes less than $75,000 were in home-ownership, compared to 59% in 2013.”
In fact, nearly two-thirds of homeowners with incomes over $100 in 2014 still had homes in safe condition, while fewer than half of those households were in a safe condition in 2013.
And while home prices have soared, affordability is still not an issue for many.
Only 10.5 percent of all American households were considered “affordable” in 2014, according to a 2015 report from the Congressional Budget Office, meaning that they had a median income of less than about $65,000.
“While there is a substantial increase in the number of households currently in the safe-condition category, the percentage with incomes at or above $100K has remained stable since 2013,” the NARO report said.
It’s not that homeowners are struggling to pay the bills.
Home prices are generally in the high single digits, with prices going up or down by as much as 2.7% per year for the past several years.
And, while some homeowners have experienced significant income losses due to foreclosure and foreclosure, these homeowners generally have made enough money to pay off their mortgage or other debt.
And many of these homeowners are also getting on in their lives and getting on with their lives, and they’re not being forced to take on significant debt.
Many Americans don’t want to lose their home.
About 75% of all homeowners surveyed said that they have had to take out mortgage-backed securities to purchase their homes.
Of those who had to sell their home to finance their home purchase, the median amount paid was about $150,000, which was more than double the $55,000 median value for all homeowners.
And about 80% of homeowners said they had made their monthly mortgage payments on time.
“As a result of their low income, many homeowners are unable to make monthly payments,” the survey said, citing the fact that “more than half (58%) have paid their monthly bills at least 90% of the time.”
The survey also noted that more than one-quarter of homeowners had their monthly rent payments “not exceeded their income.”
The average price of a home has gone up a bit over the last decade.
The median home sale price increased by 6.6 percent between 2010 and 2014, which means that prices increased by about $1,300 per person per year.
And the average price per square foot of a single-family home increased by nearly 5 percent between 2011 and 2014.
That may not sound like much, but it’s enough to make a real difference for many Americans.
But when you take a closer look, it turns out that a number of factors are at play here.
“This increase in home price is a result not only of rising house prices but also of an aging population, an increase in homeownership among people in their 30s and 40s, and an increase over the years in home equity values,” the NCR survey said in a press release.
“For many Americans, these changes in housing prices have been especially challenging.”
It is very difficult to get homeowners to sign up for mortgages.
The survey found that more Americans are unable or unwilling to take a mortgage than were able or willing to do so in 2010.
The NCR report also found that a higher percentage of homeowners were unable to get mortgages in 2014 than in 2011.
“Although homeownership is a key pillar of the American Dream, more than a quarter (26%) of all households were unable or unattached to mortgage insurance,” the report said, adding that the average monthly loan payment for a homeowner who was able to get the