Housing Affordability at New Crisis with Record High Rents
Bloomberg News - August 13, 2015
"Americans living in rentals spent almost a third of their incomes on housing in the second quarter, the highest share in recent history.
Rental affordability has steadily worsened, according to a new report from Zillow Group Inc., which tracked data going back to 1979. A renter making the median income in the U.S. spent 30.2% of her income on a median-priced apartment in the second quarter, compared with 29.5% a year earlier. The long-term average, from 1985 to 1999, was 24.4%.
While mortgages remain relatively affordable, landlords have been able to increase rents because demand for apartments remains strong. The U.S. homeownership rate fell to the lowest level in almost five decades in the second quarter, as strict lending standards and tight inventories keep many families in the rental market. Read More