Share of First-Time Homebuyers Falls to Lowest Level in 30 years

November 6, 2015

According to The Wall Street Journal, the number of homes sold to first-time buyers declined to its lowest level in three decades.

“[It’s] raising concerns that young people are being left out of an otherwise strong housing-market recovery,” writes reporter Laura Kusisto.

This year, first-time buyers make up 32 percent of all purchasers, a fall from 33 percent last year, and the third straight annual decline, a report released by the NAR revealed.

Ever since the NAR started recording such data in 1981, the historical average of first-time buyer share in total home sales is 40 percent.

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