The results of a recent survey confirm what many predicted would be the case for some recent first-time homebuyers: those federal relief checks are enabling them to make home purchases.
Nearly one in four prospective first-time homebuyers were able to save for a down payment using federal stimulus funds, according to a Redfin survey. The average household with children received over $6,600 in 2021 from both stimulus checks and the child tax credit.
“Stimulus payments provided a lot of Americans not only with necessary relief, but extra money in their pockets," Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather said in a statement. "Some people were also able to save more money than usual because they spent less on things like traveling, eating out and paying back student loans, which were paused during the pandemic. ”
A survey last year noted that 83% of young adults saved during the pandemic, and 60% of those who saved planned to use that savings for a down payment.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/one-in-four-first-time-buyers-will-use-stimulus-funds-for-home-purch/19246.
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