Owning a house less affordable than any time in 17 years: Report

(NewsNation) — Buying a house in the U.S. today is less affordable than at any other time in the last 17 years, according to the real estate data company ATTOM.

The typical costs of a home, including mortgage payments, property insurance and taxes, consumed 35.1% of the average wage in the second quarter, according to the report. This is the highest share since 2007 and is up from 32.1% since last year. 

Rob Barber, CEO of ATTOM, said in the report that this affordability data presents a “clear challenge” for home buyers. 

Average rate on a 30-year mortgage climbs for the first time since late May to just under 7%

“While home prices are increasing and mortgage rates remain relatively high, these factors are making homes less affordable,” Barber said. 

Housing costs are one of the biggest expenses for Americans, and the national median price for a single-family home or condo has now risen to $360,000.

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