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Homebuyer affordability worsens in May amid inflation, higher mortgage rates

Homebuyer affordability decreased slightly in May, as new mortgages took up a larger share of a the average person’s income while rates trended higher. High inflation and rising mortgage rates won’t lessen the burden on new home buyers in the coming months.

The national median payment applied for by applicants rose to $1,897 last month from April’s $1,889, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The national median mortgage payment for conventional loans was $1,960, down slightly from April’s $1,967, but significantly higher than a year ago, when it was $1,394 in May 2021. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan payments rose details ⇒

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