First-time homebuyers are largely sitting out this housing recovery, and while affordability is the main reason, it is not the only one.
It could also be they just want more than their parents did. Three-quarters of first-time homebuyers say they are looking for a home that will serve them long term, perhaps accommodating a family. They claim they don't want a starter home. That's according to a new national survey by Bank of America of more than 1,000 adults age 18 and over who want to buy a home in the future.
The share of first-time buyers fell to just 30 percent in February, according to the National Association of Realtors. Historically, it should be at least 40 percent. The common explanation for this has been that there are too few low-priced homes for sale, and that tight credit standards and high student loan debt take homeownership off the table for young buyers. Those are still valid reasons, but playing into that could also be this young generation's need for something bigger and better.