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Millennials Prep for Price, Rate Rises

Millennials carry debt and have down payments that are on the small side, according to realtor.com. The most common debt is on credit cards (had by 78 percent of millennials), followed by a car loan (68 percent), a personal loan (62 percent), a mortgage (62 percent), a student loan (61 percent), and a home equity loan (57 percent). When comparing debt by generation, just 49 percent of Gen Xers and 9 percent of baby boomers have college debt—a burden thought by many to be closing millennials off from purchasing. The majority (37 percent) have less than 10 percent saved, versus 34 percent of Gen Xers and 20 percent of baby boomers. “Existing debt and lower down payments leave younger shoppers more exposed than others to the impact of rising mortgage rates and record-high home prices,” says Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com. “These obstacles won’t prevent millennials from finding and buying homes, but most will have to adapt to these challenging market conditions by adjusting their home search.” Of all buyers—including millennials—just 17 percent believe they will be unaffected by higher interest rates, and only 21 percent believe they will be unhindered by prices. For more information, please visit www.realtor.com. Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.