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Housing Affordability Index - Traditional

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C.A.R.'s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI) measures the percentage of households that can afford to purchase the median priced home in the state and regions of California based on traditional assumptions. C.A.R. also reports its traditional and first-time buyer indexes for regions and select counties within the state. The HAI is the most fundamental measure of housing well-being for buyers in the state.

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STATE/REGION/COUNTY 2018-Q1 2017 Q4 2017 Q1 Median Home Price Monthly Payment Including Taxes & Insurance Minimum Qualifying Income
CA SFH (SAAR) 31 29 32 $538,640 $2,790 $111,500
CA Condo/Townhomes 39 38 R 40 $449,720 $2,330 $93,090
Los Angeles Metropolitan Area 32 31 33 $500,000 $2,590 $103,500
Inland Empire 43 43 44 R $350,000 $1,810 $72,450
S.F. Bay Area 23 21 25 $900,000 $4,660 $186,300
US 57 56 57 $245,500 $1,270 $50,820
S.F. Bay Area
Alameda 22 20 21 $875,000 $4,530 $181,130
Contra Costa 36 34 37 $615,000 $3,180 $127,310
Marin 18 18 18 $1,360,000 $7,040 $281,520
Napa 28 25 24 $679,000 $3,510 $140,550
San Francisco 15 12 13 $1,610,000 $8,330 $333,270
San Mateo 15 14 15 $1,575,050 $8,150 $326,040
Santa Clara 17 15 19 $1,373,000 $7,110 $284,210
Solano 42 44 45 $430,000 $2,230 $89,010
Sonoma 21 23 25 $681,000 $3,520 $140,970
Southern California
Los Angeles 28 25 29 $545,540 $2,820 $112,930
Orange 21 21 21 $810,000 $4,190 $167,670
Riverside 39 38 39 $397,000 $2,050 $82,180
San Bernardino 52 50 52 $278,500 $1,440 $57,650
San Diego 26 26 28 $610,000 $3,160 $126,270
Ventura 31 26 28 R $635,500 $3,290 $131,550
Central Coast
Monterey 23 21 23 $590,000 $3,050 $122,130
San Luis Obispo 25 24 26 $596,400 $3,090 $123,460
Santa Barbara 22 18 14 $675,000 $3,490 $139,730
Santa Cruz 15 17 17 $850,000 $4,400 $175,950
Central Valley
Fresno 49 46 48 $258,000 $1,340 $53,410
Kern 56 54 55 $231,500 $1,200 $47,920
Kings 52 52 53 $232,000 $1,200 $48,020
Madera 50 49 R 47 $255,000 $1,320 $52,790
Merced 43 48 50 $262,500 $1,360 $54,340
Placer 44 44 45 $465,000 $2,410 $96,260
Sacramento 44 43 46 $355,000 $1,840 $73,490
San Benito 32 31 32 $560,000 $2,900 $115,920
San Joaquin 40 41 45 $362,500 $1,880 $75,040
Stanislaus 48 45 48 $300,000 $1,550 $62,100
Tulare 50 52 52 $225,000 $1,160 $46,580
Other Counties in California
Amador 45 44 47 $330,750 $1,710 $68,470
Butte 41 39 41 $307,000 $1,590 $63,550
Calaveras 46 50 NA $315,000 $1,630 $65,210
El Dorado 42 42 43 $489,000 $2,530 $101,220
Humboldt 36 34 36 $300,050 $1,550 $62,110
Lake County 40 36 43 $266,450 $1,380 $55,160
Lassen 68 65 NA $171,000 $880 $35,400
Mariposa 44 48 46 R $292,500 $1,510 $60,550
Mendocino 25 28 26 $412,500 $2,130 $85,390
Mono 8 19 NA $780,000 $4,040 $161,460
Nevada 37 39 NA $400,000 $2,070 $82,800
Plumas 56 45 NA $271,000 $1,400 $56,100
Shasta 49 47 49 $249,900 $1,290 $51,730
Siskiyou 48 51 48 $210,000 $1,090 $43,470
Sutter 49 52 53 $282,700 $1,460 $58,520
Tehama 51 56 55 $219,000 $1,130 $45,330
Tuolumne 49 48 46 R $280,000 $1,450 $57,960
Yolo 41 34 37 $400,000 $2,070 $82,800
Yuba 49 42 44 269,950 1,400 55,880



Traditional Housing Affordability Index Methodology

Source: CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®


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