This is a guest blog post by Aubrey Anderson, a freelance blogger focusing on housing market trends and technological innovation. She enjoys exploring how generational characteristics impact trends.
This original study is provided by RocketHomes.com, a website that allows people to search for their dream home and to connect with the best home buyer resources for their needs.
While millennials have been considered the generation of perpetual renters, it appears that Generation Z does not plan to follow in their footsteps. In a new study from Rocket Homes, 86.2% of Gen Zers ages 18-24 have their sights set on homeownership, while 45% of this group plan to own a home in 5 years’ time.
While this might seem like Gen Z has an overly optimistic outlook, the data shows they know they have their work cut out for them and see multiple potential challenges on the horizon but also very real rewards.
Gen Zers Sees Clear Value in Homeownership
Almost half of Gen Zers who want to buy a home are looking to become homeowners in 5 years, but what is driving this dream of homeownership? The top reason is they want to start a family with 27.2% citing that as their priority. This is followed closely by those seeking the freedom a home affords them (25.5%), and those who view homeownership as a wealth growing opportunity (13.2%).
Gen Z is Already Preparing for Homeownership
Financial responsibility is something older Gen Zers are already practicing. Of the respondents, 74.6% are routinely saving, with almost 10% specifically saving for a down payment. Additionally, many Gen Zers are saving for an emergency fund (20.3%), saving just to save (14.3%), and saving to pay off debt (11.3%). These actions will put them in a better financial position earlier in life and set them up to enter the home buying market when ready.
Gen Zers Perceive Challenges to Purchasing a Home
Though the ambitious timeline for Gen Z home purchases may make their future look bright, they are mindful that the journey will not be easy. When asked what would make buying a house the most difficult for them, 73.9% replied financial constraints. Here's a breakdown of their anticipated obstacles:
- 21.9% of this group does not feel they will have enough cash for a down payment.
- 18.4% do not believe they will be able to find a house in their price range.
- 16.1% of Generation Z is anxious about not having adequate credit.
- 10.5% worry about excessive student loan debt.
- 7% find the mortgage qualification process daunting.
But there’s an additional constraint that Gen Zers may not be aware of – they underestimate the cost of a home. Gen Zers on average estimated the cost of their first home would be $223,468, but according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the average home in the U.S. costs $363,300 as of June 2021.
The good news - Gen Zers have choices to help them alleviate some of the problems ahead. Programs and grants are available to make homeownership be more affordable, such as TSAHC’s Down Payment Assistance and Mortgage Credit Certificate programs. Since Generation Z has such a strong desire to purchase a home, we can expect these resources to continue to be in high demand in the coming years.
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