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Eugene, Oregon Home Affordability

The data below measures home affordability for the Eugene-Springfield, Oregon 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 Eugene home affordability to other cities.

Eugene, Oregon Home Price-to-Income Ratios

The current price-to-income ratio for Eugene is 4.87 as determined by March 2014 Realtor median sales prices. The second chart shows a history of the ratio as an index calculated from the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Eugene HPI series. Median household income data for Eugene 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

Eugene, Oregon Home Price-to-Income Ratio History

Date Realtor
(Dollar Ratio)
(Index Ratio)
March 2014 4.87
December 2013 4.83 135.8
September 2013 5.19 133.1
June 2013 5.23 130.1
March 2013 4.44 126.8
December 2012 4.38 127.7
September 2012 4.38 126.5
June 2012 4.38 124.1

Eugene, Oregon Home Price-to-Rent Ratios

The current adjusted price-to-rent ratio for Eugene is 23.3 as determined by March 2014 Realtor median sales prices. This ratio is calculated using household size adjusted median contract rent for Eugene. The chart below shows an index of the rent ratio calculated from the metro FHFA HPI series and the Eugene 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

Eugene, Oregon Home Price-to-Rent Ratio History

Date Realtor
(Dollar Ratio)
Realtor Adjusted
(Dollar Ratio)
(Index Ratio)
March 2014 23.39 23.30
December 2013 23.19 23.10 114.8
September 2013 24.93 24.82 112.5
June 2013 25.11 25.00 109.9
March 2013 21.29 21.20 107.1
December 2012 21.03 20.95 107.9
September 2012 21.03 20.95 107.0
June 2012 21.03 20.95 104.9

Eugene, Oregon Home Rent-to-Mortgage Payment Ratio

The rent-to-mortgage payment ratio uses the adjusted rent for Eugene 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 Eugene was 0.72 in March 2014.

Rent-to-Mortgage Payment Dollar Ratio: Realtor

Eugene, Oregon Home Rent-to-Mortgage Payment Ratio History

Date Realtor Adjusted Rent
(Dollar Ratio)
March 2014 0.72
December 2013 0.72
September 2013 0.66
June 2013 0.69
March 2013 0.87
December 2012 0.90
September 2012 0.89
June 2012 0.87

Eugene, Oregon Inferred Affordable Mortgage

The inferred affordable mortgage value is determined by taking the median household income for Eugene, Oregon 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

Eugene, Oregon Inferred Affordable Mortgage History

Date Inferred Mortgage
February 2014 $205,482
January 2014 $202,349
December 2013 $201,636
November 2013 $206,461
October 2013 $208,191
September 2013 $200,927
August 2013 $201,636
July 2013 $203,786
June 2013 $211,206
May 2013 $225,331
April 2013 $227,866
March 2013 $224,494
February 2013 $225,610

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.