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Home Buyer's Dilemma Explained in One Picture


If you do not already own a home it's getting harder and harder to buy one. Meanwhile, rent outstrips wage growth.

I got the idea for the above graph from a similar idea by Sven Henrich.

In my chart, I indexed all the values to 1982.

Key Ideas

Those who seek to buy their first home will have a very difficult time finding one that is affordable.

There was a small window of buying opportunity from 2009 to 2011 but that window has since been closed.

Making matters worse, rent prices accelerated in 2011 and far outstrip wage growth.