New report says home ownership out of reach for many
03/26/08 7:04AM By John Dillon
(Host) A new report says home ownership continues to be out of reach for many Vermonters who don't make enough money to pay rent, let alone buying a house.
Sarah Carpenter is director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency.
(Carpenter) "There is still a big gap in what first-time homeowners can afford and what we know is on the market.''
(Host) Carpenter's agency produced ``Between a Rock and a Hard Place,'' the seventh annual report by Vermont housing advocates.
It says existing home prices in Vermont went up last year to a median price of $201,000 while new construction is around $300,000.
The average fair market rent in Vermont averaged 836 dollars, up five percent from 2006.
But Carpenter says there is a bit of good news.
(Carpenter) ``We are seeing a modest stabilization of housing values this year and we expect that to continue for probably the next 18 months.''
(Host) The Legislature is still considering a bill that advocates say would help relieve some of the challenges in housing.