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Meet the Next Generation of Homebuyers: Gen Z

Posted on October 13, 2017 by Laura Lam

In its most recent study, Zillow Group examined the newest generation to enter the housing market – Generation Z.  Generation Z is considered to be those born from 1995 to 2010, meaning the oldest in the generation are now 22 years old.  The Zillow Group Report on Consumer and Housing Trends 2017 shows this new generation now makes up more than 21% of the U.S. population, and is the most ethnically and racially diverse generation in our history. They are beginning to enter the housing market – as renters. However, this generation is just as likely as older generations to…

PNC Has the Edge in Bank Customer Satisfaction

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Laura Lam

National retail banks have invested heavily in digital transformation and marketing initiatives designed to position themselves as the best one-stop shops for all consumer banking, credit card, loan and investment needs. When it comes to real-world customer satisfaction, though, the biggest drivers of success are low problem incidence and consistency across all lines of bank business, according to the inaugural J.D. Power 2017 National Bank Satisfaction Study. In the complex field of competition among the nation’s biggest banks, Pittsburgh-based PNC just edged out New York behemoth Chase Bank – the nation’s largest bank with more than $2 trillion in assets…

Millennials Over-Extended and Frustrated with Home-Buying Process

Posted on October 04, 2017 by Laura Lam

Millennials poured some $514 billion into the U.S. housing market over the last year as the largest generation of home buyers, Zillow reported.  But new survey data shows their home-ownership aspirations are stymied by affordability issues, frustration with the buying and selling process, and a cutthroat housing market. More than half of young buyers (53%) make multiple offers to buy their first home, and only 2 in 5 millennials (39%) are able to make the recommended 20% or more down payment.  The results of the Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends 2017 show how the nation’s highly competitive housing…

Student Loan Debt Delays Homeownership by 7 Years

Posted on September 22, 2017 by Laura Lam

An overwhelming majority of Millennials with student debt do not own a home, and believe this debt is the cause for the delay.  These are the findings of the 2017 Student Loan Debt and Housing Report from the National Association of Realtors and nonprofit American Student Assistance.  The study revealed the typical delay is about 7 years. But home buying isn’t the only factor affected by student debt. The study showed student debt is holding Millennials back from financial decisions and personal milestones such as saving for retirement, changing careers, continuing their education, marrying and having children. “The tens of thousands of dollars…

Does Your Credit Score Affect Your Love Life?

Posted on September 08, 2017 by Laura Lam

It turns out credit scores have much more meaning than the likelihood you’ll repay a loan, according to a number of recent surveys.  One study looked at consumer credit data and found that the higher the year-end credit score, the likelier the person was to form a romantic relationship over the next year. Now comes a survey from Discover Financial Services and Match Media Group, parent of Tinder and other dating sites, that shows just how appealing a good credit score can be. Financial responsibility was ranked as a very or extremely important quality in a potential mate by 69% of the 2,000 online daters surveyed. That…

Millennial Homebuyers Worry About Affordability

Posted on September 01, 2017 by Laura Lam

According to a recent survey conducted by loanDepot, 52% of Millennials (born between 1981 and 1997), cite no longer wanting to pay rent and being ready to start a family as two top drivers motivating them to start looking into homeownership.  However, half of those surveyed are anxious about the expense of real estate and mortgage payments, with only 18% saying they think a home purchase is affordable for them. As for barriers to entering the housing market, Millennial renters are concerned about having enough money for a down payment (63%), knowing where to start the process (48%) – with 56%…

Auto and Mortgage Loan Defaults at Lowest Level in Decade

Posted on August 29, 2017 by Laura Lam

Despite a slight increase in July, the default rate for first mortgage loans still sits at its lowest point in the last 10 years, according to the latest S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices.  In fact, the mortgage default rate for first and second mortgages aren’t too far off from their July 2016 level, as homebuyers get better at paying their mortgage on time. The indices represent a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults and include bank card and auto loan default rates. As seen in the chart on the left, the first mortgage default rate increased two basis…

Banks Cut Back on Risky Lending

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Laura Lam

For the first time since 2012, lenders are making fewer subprime loans, according to a new report from TransUnion.  Subprime loans are those made to consumers with lower credit scores and usually carry less-favorable terms than prime loans. In most cases they carry higher interest rates and may have other disadvantages. The TransUnion report found 4.63 million consumers received a subprime auto loan or lease, personal loan, or credit card in the first quarter of this year. That compares to 4.89 million in the first quarter of 2016. “Across product lines, we saw a decline in subprime originations at the beginning…

Young Women Have Better Credit Scores Than Men

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Laura Lam

A recent Lending Tree survey found points of major disparity in the responses from men and women regarding debt and personal financial health.  The survey’s findings suggest that millennial women are trailing their male counterparts when it comes to income, home ownership and financial satisfaction despite having higher credit scores and responsible financial priorities. According to the survey, women find themselves struggling to pay off higher levels of debt compared to men, much of which comes from student loans. The average total debt for millennial men is $53,017, which is almost 30% lower than the average total debt for millennial…

2017 Back-to-School Spending to Reach $83.6 Billion

Posted on August 18, 2017 by Laura Lam

With consumer confidence rising and more young people in school, back-to-college spending is expected to hit an all-time high this year while back-to-school spending is expected to see its second-highest spending level on record, according to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Total combined spending is expected to reach $83.6 billion, an increase of more than 10% over last year’s $75.8 billion. U.S. parents are expected to spend an average of $688 on back-to-school items this year, an increase over 2016 spending of $674. The best deals will be available to parents who shop either very early…