Unaffordability: The unspoken housing crisis in America

Photo by Sean Russell from Knoxville, TN, Wiki Commons. Used with permission.: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.  Nashville has become one of the most unaffordable cities to buy a home in (source: AttomData).

Affecting Detroit, Austin, Denver, and Nashville, alongside NYC, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Miami (and more).

Editorial By Natalie Pace

Housing, in many cities across the United States, is unaffordable to the people who live there. “[This is] the worst home affordability we’ve seen in nearly 10 years,” according to Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. “Home price appreciation continued to outpace wage growth, speeding up the affordability treadmill for prospective homebuyers even without the rise in mortgage rates.” As you can see from the map below, the U.S. coastal cities are some of the most unaffordable. However, home prices in Detroit, Denver, Santa Fe and Nashville are also a problem.

Real estate prices are higher than ever – much higher than they were when the real estate bubble popped in 2007 (on a nationwide media average). The same holds true for stocks, bonds, public debt, consumer debt and more.

Asset Bubble Chart by Natalie Pace. (c) 2018. All rights reserved.

And yet, even with the highest prices in history, 5.2 million homes are still seriously underwater on their mortgage.

Rising interest rates and unaffordability make the buying pool smaller. That is a major contributor to home sales falling three months in a row from April through June 2018.

So, should you buy a home now while interest rates are low, even though you are buying high? Should you sell high? Where will you move if you sell now? What should professionals with a good income who are renting and getting killed in taxes do?

11-Point Check List for Homeowners, Home Buyers, and Renters

1. The Mortgage Interest Deduction.
2. Buy What You Can Afford.
3. Have a 10-Year Or Longer Vision. 
4. Lock-in a Fixed Interest Rate.
5. Align Your Mortgage Pay-Off Date With Your Retirement Date. 
6. If You’re Still Underwater, Get a Second Opinion.
7. Hard Assets Will Hold Their Value Better Than Paper Assets in the Coming Years.
8. Safe, Income-Producing Hard Assets That You Purchase for a Good Price.
9. Interested in Buying a Home Abroad? Read my Blog.
10. Consider the Shadow Inventory. 
11. Never Buy High.

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