California Screamin'

Posted by: Chris Palmeri on June 30, 2005

The California Association of Realtors http://www.car.org put out its mid-year forecast this week. They figure the median home price will hit a record $523,150 in 2005, up 16% from 2004’s record of $450,990. The Realtors also project that the percentage of the state’s population that will actually be able to afford a median-priced home will fall to 16% from 20% last year. In other words only one out of every six Californians will be able to buy a typical home in the state. The minimum salary needed to qualify under conventional loan terms: $115,000 a year. Incidentally, the last time that affordability index fell below 20% was 1989, shortly before California housing prices crashed.

Reader Comments

Tracy - Real Estate Agent

August 12, 2006 3:34 PM

"They figure the median home price will hit a record $523,150 in 2005"

What is the recent situation in California? Were they right on their prediction?
Here in Miami the market is very slow.. No buyer..

Tracy

stanley

August 14, 2006 6:14 PM

In my area,LA and San Bernandino,starting to get very slow in real estate .Also,there are a lot of price cutting in new homes, and existing homes to a lesser extend.

Aiden

August 18, 2006 11:32 PM

San Diego is crashing big time.

Dave

August 20, 2006 2:18 AM

Luckily, just at the beginning of a historic crash CAR has redefined the way it calculates the affordability index! How conveeeeeeeenient! It now shows that more of us can afford $800 fixers on our $85K incomes by using lower down payments and hokey financing. Good thing too. WE can all rush down to the bank tomorrow and get a loan to catch a falling knife!

Neil Simmons

June 14, 2007 6:35 AM

California now ranks third in foreclosure filing.
The Orange County Register reports that foreclosure filings are up sharply across the nation, with California being hit particularly hard. How will this effect the median home price?

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BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.

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