Crown Gaithersburg MD | Homes are More Affordable in 44 out of 50 States
As Gaithersburg has developed over the years, many neighborhoods are now blended with one and another without any distinction or personalities.
Not in CROW, the newest and most vibrant community in Gaithersburg MD
Located next to Rio, this new and unique neighborhood is separate in four groups
* Downtown Crown
* Crown West
* Crown Central
* Crown East
If you are looking for city-living style with a flair of urban village, The Crown community has everything to offer and more.
There is even a direct Metro Shuttle between the community and Shady Grove Metro Station to connect you directly with Washington DC and its surroundings.
Today, I would like to talk about Homes are More Affordable in 44 out of 50 States
With both home prices and mortgage rates increasing this year, many are concerned about a family's ability to purchase a major part of the American Dream – its own home. However, if we compare housing affordability today to the average affordability prior to the housing boom and bust, we are in much better shape than most believe.
In Black Knight's latest monthly Mortgage Monitor, they revealed that in the vast majority of the country, it is actually more affordable to purchase a home today than it was between 1995 to 2003 when looking at mortgage payments (determined by price and interest rate) as compared to incomes. Home prices are up compared to 1995-2003, but mortgage rates are still much lower now than at that time. Today, they stand at about 4.5%. Here are the average mortgage rates for each of the years mentioned:
* 1995 – 7.93%
* 1996 – 7.81%
* 1997 – 7.6%
* 1998 – 6.94%
* 1999 – 7.44%
* 2000 – 8.05%
* 2001 – 6.97%
* 2002 – 6.54%
* 2003 – 5.83%
On the other hand, wages have risen over the last twenty years.
Black Knight's research revealed that, when comparing “the share of median income required to buy the median-priced home” today, to the average between 1995 to 2003, it is currently more affordable to purchase a home in 44 of 50 states.
Here is a state map of the percentage change in the price-to-payment ratio. Positive numbers indicate that it is less affordable to buy while negative numbers indicate that it is more affordable.
Whether you are moving up to the home of your dreams or purchasing your first house, it is a great time to buy when looking at historic affordability data.
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