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The State of First-Time Homebuyers in 2024

In 2022, first-time homebuyers accounted for only 26% of all home purchases, a significant decrease from previous years. This decline reflects the challenges many prospective homeowners face, particularly in saving for a down payment. The average age of first-time homebuyers has risen to an all-time high of 36 years, indicating a shift in the homebuying demographic. Read more at This Old House.

Homebuying Trends and Demographics

Interestingly, baby boomers, aged between 58 and 76, emerged as the largest homebuying age group in 2022. The majority of homebuyers (39%) fall into this category. This shift underscores the changing dynamics of the housing market. Additionally, veterans and active-duty military personnel made up about 24% of all homebuyers. More details at ConsumerAffairs.

Financial Aspects of Homebuying

The financial landscape for homebuyers has been challenging. Homes were typically listed at 5.8 times the median potential first-time homebuyer income in the third quarter of 2024. This ratio far exceeds the ideal threshold of homes listed at around three times the buyer’s income, further emphasizing the affordability struggle many first-time buyers face. Learn more at NerdWallet.

Mortgage Statistics and Credit Scores

In 2022, the U.S. mortgage market predominantly catered to borrowers with very good to excellent credit scores, with the average FICO score for mortgages being 757. ConsumerAffairs report.

Market Realities and Homebuyer Perceptions

Despite the challenges, about 83% of Americans still consider buying a home a priority. However, many potential buyers may have unrealistic expectations regarding home prices. The median anticipated spending amount for homebuyers in the next 12 months was $200,000, significantly lower than the median home price of $379,100 as of October 2022. Full report at NerdWallet.


The current homebuying landscape presents a mix of challenges and opportunities. While first-time buyers face hurdles like high home prices and the need for substantial down payments, the desire for homeownership remains strong. Understanding these dynamics is crucial for anyone looking to navigate the housing market effectively.


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