Monthly mortgage payments on the typical U.S. home required 17.1 percent of the median income in Q1 2018. From 1985 to 2000, mortgage payments took up an average of 21.1 percent of the median income. Mortgage payments are a bigger financial burden than they were historically (1985-2000) in nine of the 35 biggest U.S.
U.S. home prices in the first quarter were at the least affordable level since Q3 2008 according to ATTOM Data Solutions report and California is home to three of the top 5 least affordable counties. The Q2 2018 U.S. Home Affordability Report calculates an affordability index based on percentage of income needed to buy a median-priced