affordability index

Affordability index

An index that measures the financial ability of consumers to purchase a home.
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Affordability Index

An index published monthly by the National Association of Realtors showing how easy or difficult it is for a family to buy a house. A rating of 100 indicates that a family making the national (or regional) median income can buy a house at the median price. A rating below 100 means that houses are less affordable, while one above 100 shows that they are more affordable. The National Association of Realtors publishes both national and regional affordability indices.
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affordability index

See housing affordability index.
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Counties with the highest affordability index were Warren County (Allentown), New Jersey (151); Mercer County (Trenton), New Jersey (147); Cumberland (Vineland), New Jersey (144); Onslow (Jacksonville), North Carolina (142); and Litchfield (Torrington), Connecticut (139).
The NAR Affordability Index uses a scale of 0 to 200 to rate affordability, with higher scores indicating more affordable markets and lower scores indicating less affordable ones.
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Attom Data Solutions, which bills itself as the curator of the nation's premier property database, created an affordability index based on publicly recorded home sale prices as well as average wage data from the U.S.
Irmo's affordability index was 50.21, with a median income of $58,446.
These communities were ranked on an affordability index weighing property taxes, homeowners' insurance fees and mortgage payments relative to income, according to data released by SmartAsset.
The report calculates an affordability index based on percentage of income needed to buy a median-priced home relative to historic averages.
The study's affordability index accounts for property taxes, homeowners' insurance fees and mortgage payments relative to income.
ATTOM assigned an affordability index of 84 to Canyon County and 86 to Ada County on a scale where less than 0 is less affordable than the historic average.
Baltimore had the second-highest affordability index in the U.S.
Using an affordability index adjusting prices for inflation and income growth, the IAS report suggests that increases in affordability since 2012 could be attributed to alcohol tax cuts.