PLEASANTON, Calif. – Dec. 20, 2016 – As housing prices continue to rise, more millennial homebuyers eye cities in the American heartland where prices remain relatively more affordable, according to the October Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker.
Minneapolis topped Ellie Mae's list as the most popular metropolitan area for homes purchased by millennials (44 percent), followed closely by Philadelphia (43 percent), St. Louis (42 percent), Chicago (40 percent) and Detroit (40 percent).
Two states, Florida and California, laid claim to the least popular cities for this new generation of homeowners: Miami (27 percent), Los Angeles (29 percent), San Francisco (30 percent), San Diego (30 percent) and Tampa-St. Petersburg (30 percent).
Snapshot of the typical millennial buyer
Slightly more than half were single (51 percent) while 49 percent were married
The average age was 28.7 years old
Men were more likely to be listed as the primary borrower (64 percent) than women (33 percent)
The average FICO score for was 722
Millennials opted to take out conventional loans (57 percent) more than FHA (40 percent), VA (1 percent) or unspecified financing options (1 percent)
The average loan amount for purchases was $182,498
"As housing prices continue to rebound, millennials are increasingly representing a higher percentage of homeowners in the middle of the country, where they can get more home for their money," says Joe Tyrrell, executive vice president of corporate strategy at Ellie Mae. "The average appraised value of homes purchased by this new generation of buyers was $223,153 in October – a modest increase from $221,383 in September, but nearly a five percent increase from when it was $212,939 in June."
Other notable findings
Purchases represented 77 percent of closed loans to millennials, down from 80 percent in September
Refinances made up 22 percent of all closed loans to millennials in October, up from 20 percent in September
Across all loans, the average debt-to-income ratio (DTI) decreased to 23/36, down from 24/36 in September, while loan-to-value (LTV) remained stable at 87
Average days to close for millennials held steady at 47 overall, with 46 days for conventional loans and 47 for FHA loans
On average, it took millennial borrowers 49 days to close refinances and 45 days to close purchases
The average amount for closed loans to millennial borrowers was $184,733 in October, a slight increase from an average of $184,179 the month prior
The average loan amount for conventional loans made to millennials, $204,059, was essentially flat compared to $203,780 in September
The average FHA loan amount received by millennial borrowers increased to $175,094, up from $174,015 in September
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