Monday, August 17, 2009

Housing affordability takes a tumble

Housing affordability dropped more than 5 per cent in the June quarter on the back of rising house prices, the Housing Industry Association-Commonwealth Bank First Housing Affordability Index has found.

The Index, released yesterday, slid to 152.5 index points in the June quarter from 161 index points during the March quarter.

The median house price rose to $419,900 for the quarter, from $386,400 in the March quarter, taking the median monthly mortgage repayment payment to $1,983 – up from $1,843.

Housing Industry Association chief economist, Dr Harley Dale said that while affordability had taken a tumble, it was still well ahead of the corresponding period last year thanks to a sharp recovery in house prices from mid 2008.

(source: Mortgage Business)

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