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Duluth, Minnesota Home Affordability

The data below measures home affordability for the Duluth, Minnesota 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 Duluth home affordability to other cities.

Duluth, Minnesota Home Price-to-Income Ratios

The second chart shows a history of the ratio as an index calculated from the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Duluth HPI series. Median household income data for Duluth is from the Census American Community Survey.

Price-to-Income Index Ratio: FHFA

Note: Index set to 100 in Q1 of 2000

Duluth, Minnesota Home Price-to-Income Ratio History

Date FHFA (Index Ratio)
December 2013 123.9
September 2013 121.8
June 2013 122.1
March 2013 120.7
December 2012 121.1
September 2012 121.4
June 2012 120.0
March 2012 119.4

Duluth, Minnesota Home Price-to-Rent Ratios

The chart below shows an index of the rent ratio calculated from the metro FHFA HPI series and the Duluth median contract rent data from the Census ACS.

Price-to-Rent Index Ratio: FHFA

Note: Index set to 100 in Q1 of 2000

Duluth, Minnesota Home Price-to-Rent Ratio History

Date FHFA (Index Ratio)
December 2013 100.3
September 2013 98.6
June 2013 98.8
March 2013 97.7
December 2012 98.0
September 2012 98.3
June 2012 97.1
March 2012 96.6

Duluth, Minnesota Inferred Affordable Mortgage

The inferred affordable mortgage value is determined by taking the median household income for Duluth, Minnesota 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

Duluth, Minnesota Inferred Affordable Mortgage History

Date Inferred Mortgage
February 2014 $236,667
January 2014 $233,058
December 2013 $232,237
November 2013 $237,794
October 2013 $239,786
September 2013 $231,420
August 2013 $232,237
July 2013 $234,713
June 2013 $243,260
May 2013 $259,528
April 2013 $262,448
March 2013 $258,565
February 2013 $259,850

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.