RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

APR 2019

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE April 2019 85 According to a new realtor.com® re- port, millennials account for 42 per- cent of all home loans today—the biggest slice—but compared to their counterparts, their down payments and spend are smaller. Millennials Average Down Payment (Dec. 2018): 8.8 percent Median Price: $238,000 Originations (Share): 42 percent Generation X Average Down Payment (Dec. 2018): 11.9 percent Median Price: $289,000 Originations (Share): 40 percent Baby Boomers Average Down Payment (Dec. 2018): 17.7 percent Median Price: $264,000 Originations (Share): 17 percent Affordability is their driving force, the report shows. Unlike other generations who've been able to bump up down payments to off - set prices—and buy in cities with costlier housing, but more job op - portunities—millennials are borrow- ing higher loans, and congregating where there are jobs and more prac - tical prices. According to the report, this includes: 1. Buffalo, N.Y. 2. Pittsburgh, Pa. 3. Milwaukee, Wis. 4. Cincinnati, Ohio 5. Columbus, Ohio In these cities, more than half of home loans are to millennials, the report shows. "Millennials are getting older, with better jobs and deeper pockets, al - lowing them to expand their collec- tive purchase power, and hence, their footprint in the market," explains Ja - vier Vivas, director of Economic Re- search at realtor.com®. "The stereo- type that millennials primarily choose to buy homes and live in large metro areas isn't the reality. Results show millennials' expansion is more heav - ily conditioned by affordability than in prior years, so their eyes are set on less traditional secondary markets where homes and jobs are now avail - able and plentiful." RE For more information, please visit www.realtor.com. M illennials are behind the majority of mortgages today, and their borrowing decisions are being driven by factors other generations are not. Gen Y's Home-Buying Power Stretches By Suzanne De Vita

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