The Silent Boycott: Homeownership Rates for the Foreclosure Generation

Homeownership Rate for the “Foreclosure Generation”

Those born in the 1970s have fallen from having a 4 percent higher than normal homeownership rate in 2004 to a 7 percent lower than normal homeownership rate today, according to a report from John Burns, CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

Burns states that the housing crisis hit those home buyers born in the 1970’s harder than any other generation. Burns shares that this generation should be referred to as the Foreclosure Generation. In 2004, those born in the 1970s were 25–34 years old, forming families, and ready to buy their first home at the same time that mortgage credit was flowing freely according to Burns. That year, he states that approximately 50 percent of this generation owned their home and this percentage was 5 percent higher than the average homeownership rate since 1981 as well as 11 percent higher than the homeownership rate of today’s 25–34-year-olds.

Burns shares though that as of 2014, this generation is 35–44 years old, and they have a 59 percent homeownership rate. He shares that this percentage is 7 percent below the norm for that age group. He also reports that it is also the lowest rate for 35–44-year-olds since the data became reliable in the early 1980s.

The report says that a 7 percent lower-than-normal homeownership rate at age 35–44 has huge economic and societal implications. Burns says that the same rings true for a 6 percent lower-than-normal homeownership rate at age 25–34. Burns asks the question then, “will home buying activity per adult remain lower than usual?” and “what impact will this have on the economy, particularly for all of those businesses that rely on homeownership and home transactions to drive growth?”

Burns discusses this further in the book Big Shifts Ahead: Demographic Clarity for Businesses, co-authored by Chris Porter and available for preorder. Burns and Porter in the book do their best to project the homeownership rate for each generation by 2025, assuming the economic, mortgage underwriting, and societal shifts that they deem to be most likely. They conclude that there will be an overall 60.8 percent homeownership rate in 2025 which would represent the lowest rate since the mid-1950s. They also state therein lies the opportunity: marketing and selling to those 15.9 million new homeowners, only 2.8 million of whom will come from the Foreclosure Generation.

About Author: Kendall Baer

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Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, TX. Born and raised in Texas, Kendall now works as the online editor

Editors message:  This study fails to look at homeownership rates for homeowners over 44 years of age.  The majority of calls received by LendingLies and the Garfield Group are men and women in their 40s and 50s who claim they were victims of the lax loan qualifications they could obtain in the mid to late 1990s and predatory servicing tactics.   The reality is that most people who have a bad experience with a loan servicer will be very hesitant to become a homebuyer in the future, especially if they are foreclosed on or have a negative modification experience.  With the announcement yesterday of Wells Fargo’s $185 million dollar fine for setting up fraudulent accounts, it is evident that the most dangerous place in America to conduct business is with a mega bank who can act outside the law with impunity.

2 Responses

  1. Those at age 50 will Never have a chance to recover !
    And after learning the Truth about these new fangled loan
    PRODUCTS….. They Won’t Buy Again!

    Off the Grid
    Back to Basics for those born in the 60s doughnut hole.

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