Odds Stacked Against Millennials for Home Ownership in Hawai‘i
In the last month, monthly mortgage payments increased twice as fast as incomes. Median home prices rose 6% nationwide from 2018 to 2019.
It will take the average millennial on the median income a total of 14 years to save for a 20% down payment on a median-priced home meaning the younger generation is unlikely to afford a home till their 40s, according to the 2019 Home Affordability Report by Unison.
Student debt is the primary reason (83%) cited for holding off on buying a home.
As of 2019, millennials, who are now the largest generation, surpassing the baby boomers, are unlikely to become homeowners in Hawai‘i any time soon, according to the report.
Hawai‘i’s housing affordability and homeownership rates among millennials are abnormally low, scoring a zero nationwide.
In Honolulu, it would require the average millennial 40 years to save for a 20% down payment. From 2013 to 2018, monthly payments for urban Honolulu homeowners increased from $2,235 to $3,514.
In 2018, a down payment for the average home in Honolulu was $143.513.
For these reasons, an increasing number of prospective homebuyers are looking into home co-investments, in which an investor assists in the downpayment in exchange for a share in the change of home value when the home sells.
Meanwhile, in Singapore, 90% of residents own their homes because supply is in balance with demand. In order for a housing model like this to be successful in Hawai‘i, the stigma around public housing needs to be eliminated.