Home Consumer Survey: Millennials Grossly Underestimate Cost for New Homes

Survey: Millennials Grossly Underestimate Cost for New Homes


It would take the average South Florida millennials nearly seven years to afford a down payment for a new home. In San Francisco, it’d take three decades.

A survey of 30,000 renters across the U.S. came to an eye-catching conclusion: Millennial renters in major cities have wildly underestimated what it takes to buy a home.

The study by San Francisco-based Apartment List Inc., an online rental marketplace, found that eight in 10 millennial renters want to buy a home, but list affordability as the major obstacle.

In South Florida, millennials on average have $3,450 in their savings account. The young renters save an average of $250 from their monthly incomes and expect to receive about $2,300 in financial help for their first down payment.

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At that rate, it would take 6.7 years to afford a 20 percent deposit for a starter home in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, which amounts to $26,000. Yet the buyers expect to spend a lot less—$20,000.

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