Friday, November 14, 2014

November column for Builder & Developer magazine now online

My column for the November 2014 issue of Builder and Developer magazine is now posted online.

For this issue, entitled "Where are the First-Tme Homebuyers?" I was struck by the decline in first-time homebuyers in recent months and wanted to investigate further.  An excerpt:
During the month of September, while both new and existing home sales rose slightly, there was one group which continues to remain somewhat on the sidelines: the first-time buyer. According to the National Association of Realtors®, in September the share of first-time buyers was 29 percent for the third straight month.

Since historically the share of first-time buyers has been closer to 40 percent, given that these buyers have represented less than 30 percent of the market in 17 of the last 18 months, it’s almost certain that this change will have an impact on the housing market in the future. So just where have these buyers gone, and what are their plans for their housing needs?

For now, most are choosing to rent: according to the Census Bureau, the share of households age 25 to 29 who owned their own homes fell from nearly 41 percent in 2007 to 34 percent by 2013, which is great for landlords but not for the neighborhood stability which accompanies higher percentages of homeownership...
To read the entire column, click here.

To read the entire November 2014 issue in digital format, click here.

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