The Rich Get Richer: Gap Widens Between Most and Least Affordable Housing Markets

New data indicates that housing prices are rising unequally across the United States, with the least affordable markets rising faster than more affordable ones. The growing gap could have implications for demographic trends and housing policies.

Jed Kolko parses the latest data from the Trulia Price Monitor and Trulia Rent Monitor and finds home prices rising at a faster pace in America's least affordable cities. "Among the 10 least affordable metros, the average [Year-over-Year] asking price gain was 16.3%," he notes. "In contrast, among the 10 most affordable metros, prices rose 9.5% on average – same as the national price increase, but well behind the average price gain for the 10 least affordable metros."

"That means that homeownership affordability is becoming more unequal across the U.S. – the gap between more affordable and less affordable markets is growing," Kolko explains. "This growing gap means two things for the housing market:

  • First, as local markets become more unequal, more people will consider moving from less affordable to more affordable areas.
  • Second, a widening affordability gap puts pressure on housing policy. It’s harder to come up with one-size-fits-all national housing policies when local markets are becoming more different from each other.
Full Story: Rising Prices Make Homeownership Affordability More Unequal Across the U.S.

Comments

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95
Book cover of Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.
$18.95