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Buyers Face a Brighter Affordability Picture This Spring

Slower home price growth, deflated sales, and lower mortgage rates could create abundant opportunities for potential home buyers this spring.

Though home prices are still up year over year in all 50 states, the overall affordability outlook is improving, according to Black Knight’s latest Mortgage Monitor Report. The decline in mortgage rates has helped increase consumers’ buying power by more than 6 percent and reduced mortgage payments on an average-priced home by $62, according to the report.

“There is good news in these numbers for prospective home buyers,” says Ben Graboske, president of Black Knight’s data and analytics division. “Combined with the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declining by more than half a point over the last three months, housing is now the most affordable it’s been since early in the 2018 home buying season.”

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Source: “Mortgage Monitor: January 2019,” Black Knight (March 7, 2019)