Instant regret: 4 in 10 millennials aren’t happy to be homeowners

Survey says 68% of millennial homebuyers have buyer's remorse

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Jul.July 22, 2018 04:00 PM

The face of homeownership regret (Credit: iStock)

Millennials aren’t feeling too great about becoming homeowners.

A new survey by Bank of the West found that four in 10 millennials (defined here as individuals 21 to 34 years old) are homeowners — and a majority of them regret taking the plunge, CNBC reported. Four in 10 millennials felt they’d made a poor financial decision in buying their home, according to the survey. Down payments might be a contributing factor to such results: One in three said they drew from their retirement accounts to pay for their homes.

“Borrowing from your retirement may make sense in special circumstances, but it’s definitely not a recommendation,” Ryan Bailey, head of Bank of the West’s retail banking, told CNBC.

Unexpected costs and prematurely deciding on a home also played a part in the survey’s results. One in five said they discovered damage to the home after moving in, and two-thirds reported compromising at some point during their home purchase.

In June 2016, The Real Deal took an in-depth look at how the millennial generation is shaping real estate. [CNBC]Kathryn Brenzel


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