With home prices holding firm and mortgage rates still dropping, home affordability is reaching new heights.
According to the quarterly Home Opportunity Index as published by the National Association of Home Builders, more than 72 percent of all new and existing homes sold between April-June 2010 were affordable to families earning the national median income.
It's a slightly higher reading as compared to last quarter, and the second highest reading in the survey's history.
As with all aspects of real estate, however, home affordability varies by locale.
For example, 97.2% of homes sold in Syracuse were affordable for families making the area's median income, earning the New York city its first "Most Affordable Major City" designation. Indianapolis was the first quarter winner.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the "Least Affordable Major City" title went to the New York-White Plains, NY-Wayne, NJ area for the 9th consecutive quarter. Just 19.9% of homes are affordable to families earning the local median income, down 1 percent from last quarter.
The rankings for all 225 metro areas are viewable on the NAHB website but regardless of where you live, buying a home is as affordable as it's ever been in history. Furthermore, because home values are in recovery and mortgage rates may rise, the market is ripe for home buyers in Vinings.
All things equal, buying a home may never be this inexpensive again. If you were planning to purchase later this year, you may want to move up your time frame.