Analysis: Home affordability in Linn County tanks


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Linn County had the lowest home affordability index in Oregon in the third quarter, according to an analysis of 440 counties by ATTOM Data Solutions.

The county scored a 76 in home affordability in the analysis, which concluded that home affordability around the country has been decreasing. The counties studied had populations of at least 100,000 and had 100 or more third-quarter home sales.

A median-value home in Linn County costs $252,000.

The report determines the affordability number based on the household income needed to purchase a median-priced home in the county compared to historical data. An index under 100 indicates affordability is decreasing.

The county’s affordability index declined 15 percent over the same period in 2017.

“The continued slowdown in the rate of home price appreciation nationwide and in many local markets is a rational response to worsening home affordability — which has deteriorated at an accelerated pace this year due to rising mortgage rates,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. 

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Oregon counties with lowest home affordability indexes

CountyQ3 2018 Median Sales PriceQ3 2017 Affordability IndexQ3 2018 Affordability IndexYoY % Change In Affordability Index
Linn$252,000 8976-15%
Yamhill$305,000 8779-9%
Marion$271,583 9481-14%
Deschutes$345,000 9082-9%
Multnomah$385,500 9084-7%
Clackamas$410,000 9485-10%
Washington$400,000 9687-9%
Lane$279,000 9988-11%
Jackson$285,000 10292-10%
Douglas$185,000 10293-9%
Source: ATTOM Data Solutions

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