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3 Reasons Hispanic Homeownership Is on the Rise in the U.S.

Hispanic homeownership rates increased in recent years, driven by strong cultural values and a willingness to move to where affordable houses are.

November 30, 2022
November 30, 2022
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Hispanic homeownership rates are increasing in the U.S. despite the challenges of the current real estate market. Like all homebuyers throughout the country, Hispanic homebuyers faced skyrocketing prices, competition from all-cash buyers and investors, and a limited number of available houses.

Nonetheless, the number of Hispanic-owned households in the U.S. has grown consistently, more than doubling between 2000 and 2021 from 4.2 million to 8.8 million, according to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (of which I am the co-founder and CEO).

Here are three reasons why Hispanic homebuyers continued to see success during these tumultuous years and why the Hispanic homeownership rate will continue to increase.

Hispanic homeownership rates reflect deep cultural values

The rapid increase in Hispanic homeownership rates also reflects the fact that Latinos are family centered, and the home is the center of the family experience.

For Hispanic immigrants who come to the U.S. in search of prosperity and a better life, homeownership is still tied closely to the American dream. Indeed, being able to purchase a home they can share with their families is a pillar of that achievement.

The Hispanic population in the U.S. is young

There are more than 60 million Latinos in the U.S., composing about 20% of the total population. In addition, the average age of Latinos in the U.S. is 29. That means that there are millions of people in the Latino community who are entering their prime home-buying years.

People typically look to purchase homes in their early to late thirties as they establish themselves in their careers and put down roots for their families. As Latinos in their late twenties and thirties enter the real estate market, we’ll see Hispanic homeownership rates rise.

Hispanic homebuyers will go where homes are affordable

One of the biggest stories out of the housing market in the past several years has been skyrocketing home prices. First-time homebuyers in particular have been priced out of popular markets as demand has driven up the property values.

However, Hispanic homebuyers are willing to move if it means they’ll be more likely to afford a home. They’ll migrate to where there are jobs, affordable houses and more economic opportunities in order to achieve their homeownership goals.

That’s why we’ve seen a large number of Hispanics purchasing properties in places such as Milwaukee, Des Moines, and other cities in the Midwest and South, where housing costs have so far remained attainable.

Hispanic homeownership rates remained strong despite pandemic challenges

The Hispanic home-buying community has not been immune to the challenges of the housing market. Indeed, these homebuyers have succeeded despite market conditions.

Additionally, Latinos are twice as likely as other communities to have a small business in the household, and self-employed homebuyers can face more hurdles to qualifying for a mortgage. This was especially true during the pandemic, when lending guidelines became stricter for self-employed borrowers, who some lenders perceive as higher risk.

Related reading: Self-Employed Mortgage: How to Qualify for a Home Loan When You Work for Yourself

It’s also important to note that a wealth gap still exists. Latinos have the highest workforce participation rate in the country but, on average, hold a sixth of the wealth of the rest of the population. Because of this, they are sometimes more likely to need no- or low-down-payment mortgages or down payment assistance* in order to qualify for a mortgage.

Regardless, the cultural value of homeownership motivates many Latinos to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal, whether it’s moving to a new city or state or cosigning loans with family members to be able to afford a home, and it is that determination that will continue to drive Hispanic homeownership in the U.S. and allow Hispanic families to thrive.

*Eligibility subject to program stipulations, qualifying factors, applicable income and debt-to-income (DTI) restrictions, and property limits.

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