Housing affordability conditions have reached the highest level since recordkeeping began in 1970, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

NAR’s Housing Affordability Index rose to a record high 206.1 in January, based on the relationship between median home price, median family income and average mortgage interest rate. The higher the index, the greater the household purchasing power. An index of 100 is defined as the point where a median-income household has exactly enough income to qualify for the purchase of a median-priced existing single-family home, assuming a 20 percent down payment and 25 percent of gross income devoted to mortgage principal and interest payments.

NAR projects the affordability index for all of 2012 will be at an annual high, with little movement in mortgage interest rates or home prices during the year.

What does affordability look like in our local real estate market? Take a look at February figures.

Midtown Montgomery real estate sales statistics for February show the average sales price decreased by 4% to $96,324 when compared to February 2011.  The number of homes sold decreased by 5% in February 2012.  The median sales prices decreased by 26%, and market times increased by 3% or 3 days.  The highest selling home price increased by 1%, and the lowest selling home price decreased by 77%.


Midtown Montgomery Feb 2012 Feb 2011
Homes Sold 19 20
Average Selling Price $ 96,324 $ 99,860
Median Selling Price $ 60,000 $ 81,200
Days On The Market 116 113
Highest Selling Price $ 286,000 $ 285,500
Lowest Selling Price $ 4,000 $17,500

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