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“If history is a guide, what happens with jobs will matter the most to the strength of the housing rebound,” said Eric S. Belsky, executive director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, in a news release. Jobs keep homeowners out of foreclosure and help others feel confident enough to form households.
Another problem: Affordability issues are still lingering, said Nicolas P. Retsinas, the center’s director. According to the report, 40.3 million households spent more than 30% of their income on housing in 2008, and 18.6 million spent more than half of their income, up from 13.8 million in 2001.
“Notwithstanding the fall of prices and tempering of rents, there are serious affordability challenges,” Retsinas said.
Real median household incomes are poised to end 2010 lower than they were in 2000, according to the report. The household median income was $49,800 in 2008, down from $52,400 in 2000, the report said, citing the most recent data available.