Many people get so eager to find their dream house that they start their Houston home search before they even check their qualifications. This seems to be increasingly true for millennials. Some people think Millennials don’t want to own homes, but any millennial knows that’s not true– it’s the qualifications that get in the way.

Millennials and Home ownership

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!

About Mortgages

A mortgage is a loan that a bank gives you in order for you to be able to purchase a house. The reason why it’s called a “mortgage” and not just a loan, is because the bank, or whoever is giving you the mortgage, has the right to take your property and sell it if you don’t make your payments correctly. This can be heartbreaking news for those who are already in the Houston home search, so you’ll want to make sure you’re qualified and ready to pay.

The following are qualifications that need to be met in order to get approved to apply for a mortgage:

  • 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 Truth

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 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, let’s get together to help guide you on your path to homeownership!

At Weichert Realtors, The Murray Group, we specialize in selling homes around the Houston, Texas area. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, contact us today to start your Houston home search and find your dream home.