Many Millennials face unexpected hurdles when looking to purchase a home for the first time such as not being able to qualify for a loan due to student debt, low starting salary and the inability to come up with a large down payment. Zillow analyzed how affordable it is for the average millennial or first-time buyer, given their economic hardships, to purchase a home in certain metro areas.
To analyze the data, Zillow assumed that the average first-time buyers makes the median income of $54,000, attains a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with only 5% down and looks for a home priced according to the 33.3 percentile of all home values. Most first time home buyers put less than 20%, so primary mortgage insurance and upfront fees have to be considered and in Q3 of 2014, MI added an average of 1.3 percentage points to the effective mortgage rate.
First-time home buyers should expect to pay about 17.4% of their income on a mortgage, compared to 15.3% for more traditional buyers. Despite the hurdles that most millennials face, current affordability for first-time buyers still looks more favorable than the pre-bubble standards from 1985 to 1999, when they could have allocated 22.5% of their income to a mortgage.
A little farther up the age scale, A survey by the Demand Institute finds 63% of Baby Boomers say they plan to stay in their current home when they retire. Of those who said they plan to move, 42% said they would buy a smaller home, 32% said they would buy a larger home and 26% said they plan to buy a the same size home...read more