Millennials and Delayed Homeownership: Student Loans or Other Priorities?

  • May 23, 2016

by Nena Perry-Brown

Millennials and Delayed Homeownership: Student Loans or Other Priorities?: Figure 1

There has been a lot of speculation about why millennials haven’t been willing or able to enter the housing market, with many signs pointing to the lingering impacts of the 2008 nationwide recession.

Now, ApartmentList has released an analysis on the impact of student loan debt on millennial homeownership. Among their findings was that regardless of whether college-educated millennials are carrying student loan debt or not, this demographic is more focused on discretionary spending than saving for a down payment.

At their current savings rates, it will take college-educated millennials with student loans ten years to save up for a 20 percent down payment. That period of time is cut in half for those with college degrees and no student debt. Millennials without college debt are also much more likely to receive assistance from family or friends to make a down payment than those with student loans.

The report found that millennials who are not college graduates would need at least 15 years to save for a down payment — 19.3 years if attempting to purchase a home in DC.

Nationwide, 58 percent of millennials with college degrees are repaying an average of $410 toward their student loans every month. In DC, 52 percent of millennials with college degrees also have student loans in repayment, and nearly half pay at least $300 each month.

As for saving, college graduates without student loan debt put $320 of their monthly income toward a down payment, $90 more than graduates with student loans. While it follows that college graduates would be able to save significantly more if loan debt was out of the picture, college grads with or without debt spend comparable portions of income on activities like travel, shopping and dining out.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/millennials_and_delayed_homeownership_student_loans_or_other_priorities/11264

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