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New Orleans, Louisiana Home Affordability

The data below measures home affordability for the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana metropolitan area using price-to-income and price-to-rent metrics.1 The maximum affordable loan amount for the median household income is also calculated. You can also compare New Orleans home affordability to other cities.

New Orleans, Louisiana Home Price-to-Income Ratios

The current price-to-income ratio for New Orleans is 3.61 as determined by December 2013 Realtor median sales prices. The second chart shows a history of the ratio as an index calculated from the Federal Housing Finance Agency's New Orleans HPI series. Median household income data for New Orleans is from the Census American Community Survey.

Price-to-Income Dollar Ratio: Realtor

Price-to-Income Index Ratio: FHFA

Note: Index set to 100 in Q1 of 2000

New Orleans, Louisiana Home Price-to-Income Ratio History

Date Realtor
(Dollar Ratio)
FHFA
(Index Ratio)
December 2013 3.61 122.6
September 2013 3.66 123.0
June 2013 3.99 121.7
March 2013 3.53 120.0
December 2012 3.52 119.8
September 2012 3.52 120.0
June 2012 3.52 118.4
March 2012 3.52 117.7
December 2011 3.48 118.8

New Orleans, Louisiana Home Price-to-Rent Ratios

The current adjusted price-to-rent ratio for New Orleans is 16.18 as determined by December 2013 Realtor median sales prices. This ratio is calculated using household size adjusted median contract rent for New Orleans. The chart below shows an index of the rent ratio calculated from the metro FHFA HPI series and the New Orleans median contract rent data from the Census ACS.

Price-to-Rent Dollar Ratio: Realtor, Realtor Adjusted Rent

Price-to-Rent Index Ratio: FHFA

Note: Index set to 100 in Q1 of 2000

New Orleans, Louisiana Home Price-to-Rent Ratio History

Date Realtor
(Dollar Ratio)
Realtor Adjusted
(Dollar Ratio)
FHFA
(Index Ratio)
December 2013 17.87 16.18 85.0
September 2013 18.10 16.40 85.4
June 2013 19.74 17.88 84.4
March 2013 17.44 15.79 83.2
December 2012 17.40 15.76 83.1
September 2012 17.40 15.76 83.3
June 2012 17.40 15.76 82.1
March 2012 17.40 15.76 81.7
December 2011 17.37 15.36 83.3

New Orleans, Louisiana Home Rent-to-Mortgage Payment Ratio

The rent-to-mortgage payment ratio uses the adjusted rent for New Orleans against a 100% loan-to-value mortgage (30-year fixed) for the median price home using Realtor home sales statistics. It's a lot like a cap rate, but I find it more appealing in ratio form. A ratio of 1.0 means that annual rent is equivalent annual mortgage payments. Values less than 1.0 indicate rents are cheaper and values greater than 1.0 mean mortgage payments are cheaper. Beware, taxes are not considered here. The rent-to-mortgage payment ratio for New Orleans was 1.02 in December 2013.

Rent-to-Mortgage Payment Dollar Ratio: Realtor

New Orleans, Louisiana Home Rent-to-Mortgage Payment Ratio History

Date Realtor Adjusted Rent
(Dollar Ratio)
December 2013 1.02
September 2013 1.00
June 2013 0.97
March 2013 1.17
December 2012 1.20
September 2012 1.18
June 2012 1.15
March 2012 1.11
December 2011 1.14

New Orleans, Louisiana Inferred Affordable Mortgage

The inferred affordable mortgage value is determined by taking the median household income for New Orleans, Louisiana and calculating the mortgage 30% of that income could afford. Traditionally, 30% of income is the maximum amount a homeowner could use towards a home loan. Inferred affordable loan values are calculated from ACS median household income and average monthly mortgage rates.

Inferred Affordable Mortgage

New Orleans, Louisiana Inferred Affordable Mortgage History

Date Inferred Mortgage
February 2014 $224,194
January 2014 $220,775
December 2013 $219,998
November 2013 $225,262
October 2013 $227,149
September 2013 $219,224
August 2013 $219,998
July 2013 $222,343
June 2013 $230,439
May 2013 $245,850
April 2013 $248,617
March 2013 $244,938
February 2013 $246,155

1. Specifically, home prices are from the non seasonally adjusted FHFA all-transactions quarterly series. Dollar ratios are calculated using NAR metro prices when available. Rent and income data are from the Census ACS and are carried forward into the following year prior to release of the new data.