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It Doesn’t Take Much House Price Appreciation To Make Owning A Better Choice Than Renting

By Ksenia Potapov on April 15, 2022

In August 2021, our analysis found that owning a home was cheaper than renting in all 50 of the top U.S. markets, largely due to Read More›

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How The Ability To Work Remotely Is Changing Housing Affordability For First-time Home Buyers

By Ksenia Potapov on March 2, 2022

Affordability in the U.S. fell in 2021 on a year-over-year basis, as house-buying power was unable to keep up with red-hot ... Read More›

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Where Do First-time Home Buyers Have The Best Opportunity To Buy A Home In 2022?

By Ksenia Potapov on January 12, 2022

Unlike the two-thirds of Americans who already own a home, potential first-time home buyers did not benefit from the surging levels of home equity driven ... Read More›

Homeownership First-Time Home Buyer Outlook Report Renter Affordability

Why Owning A Home Was Cheaper Than Renting In All 50 Top U.s. Markets

By Odeta Kushi on August 16, 2021

When potential first-time home buyers consider making the transition to homeownership, they ask themselves whether it makes more financial sense to keep renting, or to buy. The pandemic has undoubtedly impacted that calculation. Annual house price appr... Read More›

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Top Five Cities For Lower-income Renters To Pursue The Dream Of Homeownership

By Odeta Kushi on April 14, 2021

In the fourth quarter of 2020, the median renter experienced a 10 percent boost to their house-buying power relative to one year ago, but the share of homes they could afford to buy declined by 4 percentage points due to rising house prices, according ... Read More›

Homeownership First-Time Home Buyer Outlook Report Renter Affordability

Where Can Potential First-time Home Buyers Find The Largest Supply Of Affordable Homes?

By Odeta Kushi on March 23, 2021

In 2020, a combination of record low mortgage rates and millennials aging into homeownership boosted demand against a very limited supply of homes for sale, resulting in rapid house price appreciation. The nearly two-thirds of American households who a... Read More›

First-Time Home Buyer Outlook Report Renter Affordability