Millennials can’t catch a break

Many young workers today find that home prices are rising faster than their pay, making it harder for them to set aside the cash they need for the purchase, studies show.

The typical first-time home buyer today purchases a house that costs 2.6 times his or her annual income, according to a report released by Zillow this week. In the 1970s, new home buyers found homes that cost about 1.7 times their annual pay, the study found.The shift means that people need bigger down payments to make the transition to home ownership. At the same time, they face obstacles that make it harder for them to save, such as student loan bills, higher rent costs and more expensive child care.People have to strive for more expensive homes today than they did in the past because home prices have appreciated over time while wages have stayed mostly flat, says Svenja Gudell, chief economist for Zillow. “We’re seeing that first-time home buyers are renting for longer,” Gudell says. “Homes are more expensive so it takes them a while to get to that stage in their life.”

This excerpt taken from NJ Real Estate Report.

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About Stacy Schnellhttps://buyandsellhomesnj.wordpress.comI am a Realtor Salesperson with Berkshire Hathaway - Fox and Roach Realtors & The Scott Sheppard Team in Vineland , New Jersey. Being a lifelong resident my roots are deeply invested in Cumberland County and the South Jersey area. I specialize in supporting all of my clients with the purchase or sale of residential homes in Cumberland , Gloucester , Salem and Atlantic Counties. My real estate background allows me to produce cutting edge techniques and has given me the knowledge needed to ensure a positive and even enjoyable experience. Along with my real estate background I also have experience in marketing technology and in the mortgage industry.