1. We still use mortgages!We are not the mortgage-burning generation like the ones before us. The percent of Baby Boomers whose homes are secured by debt has steadily increased from 18.5% in 1992 to 30% in 2002 to 42% in 2013.
2. Should I stay or should I go?This generation seems split on whether to move to a new place or remain in their current home. One report shows that 61% of us would like to age in place. However, 65% would need to make renovations to achieve that goal. Thankfully, we have the resources to do just that. Baby Boomers own 66% of the nation’s equity or nearly $8 trillion. On the other hand, according to Freddie Mac’s June survey, nearly 40% admit they would like to move at least one more time. The National Association of Realtor’s 2017 Generational Report demonstrates once again the Baby Boomers accounted for 30% of originations last year.
3. Helping handNearly a quarter of Baby Boomers claim they have helped someone financially purchase their home. Of course, that begs the question: How many more would have been willing to do that had they known it was an option?
What we need to know from youMillennials aren’t the only ones who lack knowledge regarding down payments. It seems the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. According to NAR’s HOME Survey from September 2016, more than a quarter (27%) of baby boomers believe lenders require more than 20% for a down payment. Another 35% believe you need 15-20% and all total 87% of Baby Boomers think you need 10% or more down when buying a home. Even though we are the older generation, there are some things we could learn! And you could show us the way: how to refinance or purchase new, how to tap into equity for home improvements or explain how a gift could be used as a down payment for an adult child. Clearly, there are opportunities here in the Baby Boomer market for loan officers and lenders – you just have to look!
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Laura Kapp is the creative director of the writing and design team at MGIC. Her messy desk proves the saying, “Creative minds are rarely tidy.” She lives in a late- Fifties ranch-style home with her husband, Andy, and their 2 dogs: Molly and Dublin. A cat, Gracie, allows them all to live with her (on most days).