For Millennials, Non-Married Home Buyers Outnumber Married Ones

Non-married Millennials are buying more homes in 2020 than married ones.

The data comes from mortgage software company Ellie Mae and its Millennial Tracker, a monthly report on home loan trends among buyers born between 1980-1999.

According to Ellie Mae, millennial-aged home buyers who identify as “single” accounted for 50 percent of the mortgage loans used to buy a home between January and October 2020.

Other 2020 statistics from the Millennial Tracker include:

  • 32 percent of this year’s non-married buyers identify as female
  • The average age of this year’s non-married buyer is 29.5years
  • The typical down payment for non-married buyers this year is 11%

88 percent of home buyers born after 1990 are first-time home buyers.

Homeownership and the American Dream is an achievable goal.

To get approved for a mortgage, you only three things:

  • Proof of identification
  • Proof that you have a job and earn income
  • A decent history of paying your bills on-time

Meanwhile, there are a few things you don’t need to get a mortgage approval. You don’t need to earn six figures, you don’t need perfect credit, and you don’t need a twenty percent down payment saved up.

Heck, in some cases, you don’t need to have a down payment saved up at all.

A recent government study showed that forty percent of consumers think it would be “difficult” to get a mortgage approved today. The reality, though, is something different.

The latest data shows that mortgage lenders approve more than 80 percent of mortgage applications that come in, and the typical Millennial mortgage approval is more forgiving as compared to the general population:

  • Millennial credit scores are 20 points lower, on average.
  • Millennial down payments are 6 points less, on average.
  • Millennial debt-to-income ratios are higher, on average.

Data from Ellie Mae’s Millennial Tracker proves that whether you’re married or single, male or female, or young or old, there’s a path to homeownership if you want it.

Dan Green

Dan Green is a former mortgage loan officer and an industry expert. He's appeared on NPR and CNBC, and in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and dozens of local newspapers. Dan has helped millions of first-time home buyers get educated on mortgages, real estate, and personal finance. Have mortgage questions? Ask Dan in the chat.

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