Housing Affordability Goes South

Buyers’ outlook for housing affordability took a sharp negative turn in the final quarter of 2022, when a record high of 87% reported being able to afford fewer than 50% of the homes for-sale in their markets.  The remaining 13% can afford the majority of homes available, less than half the 31% who could in the third quarter.

Affordability expectations between the third and fourth quarters of 2022 worsened in all regions.  The share of buyers able to afford less than half the homes available in their markets rose in the Northeast, from 66% to 89%; in the Midwest, from 83% to 84%; in the South, from 77% to 83%, and in the West, from 58% to 87%.

* Results come from the Housing Trends Report (HTR) – a research product created by the NAHB Economics team with the goal of measuring prospective home buyers’ perceptions about the availability and affordability of homes for-sale in their markets.  The HTR is produced quarterly to track changes in buyers’ perceptions over time.  All data are derived from national polls of representative samples of American adults conducted for NAHB by Morning Consult.  Results are seasonally adjusted.  A description of the poll’s methodology and sample characteristics can be found here. This is the fourth in a series of six posts highlighting results for the 4th quarter of 2022.  


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One thought on “Housing Affordability Goes South

  1. Can most people cannot afford a home or….do they not want to pay the asking price?

    We have seen a small 3-bedroom home double and even triple in price over the past two years. I do believe people can afford a home at a reasonable price. We also have various financial help right now for new homeowners.

    We all know prices have gone up but investors jumped in and raised prices right out of the selling market. Cities has also raised all fees for builders, which has also hurt our market.

    These remarks and news ads have scared new builders from building affordable homes.

    I would like to hear from contractors on this. A developers comments would be helpful out here.

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