NAR Finds Income to Qualify for Mortgage Well-Below U.S. Median

Interest rates continue to slide further down alongside the decline in home prices. In addition to these factors improving affordability for homeowners, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found the amount of income needed to qualify for a mortgage is actually well below the median income in most parts of the U.S.

The national median family income was $61,000 in the first quarter. If a buyer wanted to purchase a home at the national median price, he or she would need an annual income of $34,700 if making a 5 percent downpayment. A 10 percent downpayment would lower the requirement to $32,900, while a 20 percent downpayment requires about $29,300.

The information on qualifying incomes to purchase a median-priced single-family home on a metropolitan area basis assumes a favorable credit rating and an interest rate of 4 percent with 25 percent of gross income set aside for principal and interest……read more

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