California Home Affordability Issue Continues to Grow

California Association of Realtors | August 15, 2019

According to the California Association of Realtors, higher home prices negated low interest rates and further reduced Californians' ability to purchase a home in the second quarter of 2019. The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in second-quarter 2019 dipped to 30 percent from 32 percent in the first quarter of 2019 but was up from 26 percent in the second quarter a year ago, according to C.A.R.'s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI). California's housing affordability index hit a peak of 56 percent in the second quarter of 2012.

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The UK economy has never been in greater need of high-quality, efficiently managed private housing. But this is nothing new. 2012 saw the publication of the Montague Review as a result of a long-standing housing deficit in the UK. There was already a distinct awareness that the existing house-builder model simply was not building at sufficient scale to bridge the gap. Meanwhile, in the background, institutions were quietly analysing residential property performance, realising the potential wealth of opportunity in the sector.

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The UK economy has never been in greater need of high-quality, efficiently managed private housing. But this is nothing new. 2012 saw the publication of the Montague Review as a result of a long-standing housing deficit in the UK. There was already a distinct awareness that the existing house-builder model simply was not building at sufficient scale to bridge the gap. Meanwhile, in the background, institutions were quietly analysing residential property performance, realising the potential wealth of opportunity in the sector.

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View | November 21, 2022

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Jamestown | October 12, 2022

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