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    Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?

    Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream.

    Millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones than the generations before them, such as getting married, having kids, and buying a home. However, that does not mean that they do not still aspire to achieve those things.

    History shows that people tend to buy their first home around age 30. Nearly 5 million millennials will turn 30 in the next two years. This will continue to fuel demand for housing.

    This is also one of the many reasons why the millennial homeownership rate has continued to grow over the past few years. 48.4% of Americans between the ages of 30-34 now own a home.

    There are over 46 million millennials (33% of the generation) who are considered “Mortgage Ready”meaning they meet the qualifications to be approved for a mortgage today!

    • a FICO Score ≥ 620
    • a Back-End Debt to Income Ratio ≤ 25%
    • no Foreclosures or Bankruptcies in the last 7 years
    • no severe delinquencies in 1 year

    Rob Chrane, CEO of Down Payment Resource, commented on the findings of the report,

    “We now know there are millions of buyers with the income & credit necessary to qualify to buy a home. The biggest question is:

    Do they know it? …Unfortunately, many renters don’t investigate homeownership simply because they don’t believe it’s an option.”

    The good news is that more and more millennials are realizing that they can afford a home now. Even so, more can be done to increase awareness of low down payment programs to attract even more of this generation.

    New data from realtor.com shows that in December, millennials accounted for 42% of all new home loans originated in the month. This is more than any other generation.

    If you are one of the many millennials who may be “Mortgage Ready” but are unsure what your next steps should be, contact us and we’ll help guide you on your path to homeownership.

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    Ann Rudd

    Ann is a 3rd generation real estate professional in her family and has inactive licenses in Maryland and Pennsylvania and is actively licensed in North and South Carolina. Seeing other members of her family help others achieve their home ownership dreams inspired her to become a real estate agent. Helping families is what her job is all about. Whether they are buying a larger home, downsizing, transitioning to a new town or neighborhood, Ann's mission is to make those transitions as smooth as possible.

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