Since 2007, the number of households are paying more than half of their income for housing despite the crash in home values and bottom basement interest rates has increased by 2.6 million.
As of 2011, over 40 million households were at least moderately cost burdened (paying more than 30 percent of their incomes for housing), including 20.6 million households that were severely burdened (paying more than half of their incomes for housing), according to the State of the Nation’s Housing 2013 released yesterday by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.
The latest increases in the number of severely burdened households represent a jump of 347,000 from 2010, 2.6 million from 2007 when the recession began, and 6.7 million from a decade ago.
The most recent increases were almost entirely among severely burdened renters, whose numbers soared by 2.5 million from 2007 to 2011, pushing the share to 27.6 percent. While up only 173,000 over this period, the number of cost-burdened homeowners had already surged by 2.7 million in 2001-07 amid the sharp rise in house prices and the widespread availability of easy mortgage credit.
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