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San Clemente House-Buying Power at Near-Historic Levels


We keep hearing that home affordability is approaching crisis levels. While this may be true in a few metros across the country, housing affordability is not a challenge in the clear majority of the country. In their most recent Real House Price Index, First American reported that consumer “house-buying power” is at “near-historic levels.”

Their index is based on three components:

  1. Median Household Income

  2. Mortgage Interest Rates

  3. Home Prices

The report explains:

“Changing incomes and interest rates either increase or decrease consumer house-buying power or affordability. When incomes rise and/or mortgage rates fall, consumer house-buying power increases.”

Combining these three crucial pieces of the home purchasing process, First American created an index delineating the actual home-buying power that consumers have had dating back to 1991.

Here is a graph comparing First American’s consumer house-buying power (blue area) to the actual median home price that year from the National Association of Realtors (yellow line).



Consumer house-buyer power has been greater than the actual price of a home since 1991. And, the spread is larger over the last decade.

Bottom Line

Even though San Clemente home prices are increasing rapidly and are now close to the values last seen a decade ago, the actual affordability of a San Clemente home is much better now. As Chief Economist Mark Fleming explains in the report: No is the time to buy your San Clemente Home. While San Clemente homes for sale are still in short supply it is still a great time to buy.


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