Mortgage Pros – take notice of Millennial Home Buyers

It’s time to focus on Millennial Home Buyers

According to the Wall Street Journal, first-time home buyers are rushing to buy homes after a decade on the sidelines.

This is exciting news for home builders and Mortgage companies.

According to the article, the number of millennial home buyers and new-owner households was double the number of new-renter households in the first quarter of this year and the share of first-time buyers is creeping back toward the historical average.  The good news is that mortgages for first-timers are on the rise.

The return of first-time buyers is accelerating. In all they have accounted for 42% of buyers this year, up from 38% in 2015 and 31% at the lowest point during the recent housing cycle in 2011, according to Fannie Mae, which defines first-time buyers as anyone who hasn’t owned a home in the past three years.

While economists and builders said lending standards have started to ease, getting a mortgage remains challenging for young buyers with shorter credit histories and, in many cases, student debt. Mortgage rates are also expected to rise further this year, posing an added challenge. Rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage have risen to 4.05%, up from about 3.5% in November, according to Freddie Mac.

This is a great time for mortgage companies to reach out to millennial first time home buyer prospects and get them on board!

For more information: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-next-hot-housing-market-starter-homes-1494495003

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