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Are Millennials Shunning Homeownership?

January 20, 2016 | By

On CNBC’s Closing Bell, investor Kevin O’Leary (of “Shark Tank” fame) said Millennials aren’t interested in buying homes.

O’Leary’s statement contradicts research conducted by Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group.

Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey August Topic Analysis found a majority of Millennials saying owning a home makes more sense than renting. In fact, 91 percent of 18- to 34-year-old renters say they plan to own a home “at some point.”

The problem is money and credit. Millennials appear to be exercising caution when it comes to buying a home. Fifty-two percent of renters ages 25 to 34 cite personal financial reasons as the most important item to consider when thinking of when they would be ready to buy a home.

Thirty-four percent of these renters cite an income increase as the primary reason they may eventually be able to buy a home. And 24 percent say an increase in their credit score would be the difference between being able to buy a home or not.

When asked why they’re renting, 44 percent of 25- to 34-year-old renters say it’s because they’re preparing themselves financially to own.

These findings, published in August, match previous research from Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group showing Millennials want to own homes.

What do you think, do Millennials want to be homeowners? Or do they not, as Kevin O’Leary says, “give a poo-poo about owning a house?” Let us know in the comments below.


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