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Root Causes of Low Homeownership Rates

Currently, the U.S. is near a 50-year low  homeownership rate despite the improving local job markets.

Many would be home owners face challenges of student loan debt, tighter credit conditions, and a housing supply shortages. Having a downward trend in homeownership causes many economic faults. When people own homes, the local  community and national economy benefit.

homeownership, Picket Fence Properties, Teresa Jennison

Boosting the homeownership rate needs to be done in a safe and responsible way. By tackling the main issues that have caused a significant number of households from purchasing a home, the right people will be available to purchase.

Overcoming Post-Foreclosure Stress Disorder:

For the 9 million homeowners who experienced foreclosure and the 8.7 million people who lost their jobs during the previous economic crash, approaching homeownership again can be a terrifying feat. Targeting programs and workshops about financial literacy and mortgage debt could help return-buyers and those who may have negative biases about owning. This will calm fears and bring back positivity to homeownership.

Credit Standards

Standards for credit have yet to normalize. Borrowers with good-to-excellent credit scores are not getting approved at the constant rate they were in 2003.  A restoration of safe lending requirements is the key to helping creditworthy households purchase homes.

Student Loan Burden

Student loan debt makes it extremely difficult to save for a down payment. Qualifying for a mortgage and affording a mortgage payment seems impossible for many people.

Lack of Affordable Single-Family Housing

Higher rents and higher home prices make it difficult to save for a down payment. Add in the reality that there are less options available as investors are weighing on supply levels by scooping up single-family homes. Many markets are experiencing decaying affordability conditions.

Conditions need to be met to allow people the opportunity to purchase homes again; without causing the issues the mortgage economy faced back in 2008.

All my best,


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Posted by: picketfenceproperties on July 28, 2017