January 7, 2021

Arch MI’s Winter HaMMR Finds Home Sales Are Being Strengthened by Better Affordability Than 20 Years Ago

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HaMMR Names Five Most Affordable Cities and Examines the Presidential Election’s Impact on Housing Policy

The record-setting housing market is drawing strength from high levels of affordability, according to the Winter edition of The Housing and Mortgage Market Review (HaMMR), released today by Arch Mortgage Insurance Company (Arch MI), a leading provider of mortgage insurance.

HaMMR also names the nation’s Five Most Affordable Cities with strong job growth and focuses on likely moves by Washington, D.C., policymakers following the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

While affordability remains high nationally, there are several regions of the country where housing costs are higher and this HaMMR delves into the impact of a slower pace of construction in those more expensive areas.

“Home prices have been rising steadily, but historically low mortgage rates are contributing to increased affordability for median-income homebuyers in large parts of the country,” said Rob Hardie, Senior Vice President and head of Data Analytics, Arch Capital Services LLC. “Another factor is that many potential homebuyers are working at home and are increasingly focused on larger properties in suburbs, exurbs and rural areas where affordability is higher. We also look at how the ability to more easily increase housing stock in a given area impacts affordability.”

Commentary resources:

  • The Housing and Mortgage Market Review is posted at archmi.com/hammr. The Winter 2021 issue focuses on affordability and its impact on the rate of home building across the nation. It also details trends in the nation’s Five Most Affordable Cities with growing job markets.
  • Policy expert Kirk Willison, Arch MI’s VP of Government and Industry Relations, examines likely housing policy developments as Biden pursues his housing campaign goals.

About Arch Mortgage Insurance Company

Arch Capital Group Ltd.’s U.S. mortgage insurance operation, Arch MI, is a leading provider of private insurance covering mortgage credit risk. Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, Arch MI’s mission is to protect lenders against credit risk, while extending the possibility of responsible homeownership to qualified borrowers. Arch MI’s flagship mortgage insurer, Arch Mortgage Insurance Company, is licensed to write mortgage insurance in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit archmi.com.

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