LendingTree Survey Finds 53% of Potential Homebuyers are More Likely to Purchase a Home in the Next Year Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

CHARLOTTE, N.C.June 4, 2020 — The coronavirus pandemic — coupled with historically low mortgage rates — is motivating 53% of homebuyers to purchase a home in the coming year, according to the results from LendingTree’s latest survey of over 1,000 prospective homebuyers.

Key Findings:

  • 53% of homebuyers say they are more likely to buy a home in the next year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
    • 73% of those who are more likely to purchase a home are first-time homebuyers, and 66% are millennials
  • For all prospective homebuyers planning to purchase in the next 12 months, the top motivators are:
    • Taking advantage of record-low mortgage rates (67%)
    • Being able to save a larger down payment due to reduced spending amid COVID-19 (32%)
    • Reduced home prices (30%)
    • Being confined in a smaller space during stay-at-home orders makes homeownership more appealing (28%)
  • Nearly two-thirds (65%) say the coronavirus pandemic has impacted how much money they plan to spend on a new home
    • 44% plan to buy a less expensive home, 21% a more expensive home
  • 61% have toured a house virtually over the past two months
    • Another 33% said that although they haven’t had a virtual tour, they plan to do so.

3 tips for buying a home during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Improve your creditworthiness. Some mortgage lenders are requiring a minimum 700 credit score to qualify for a home loan. Having a score of 740 or higher may help you get the lowest available mortgage rate.
  • Reduce outstanding debt. The lower the debt-to-income (DTI) ratio — the percentage of gross monthly income used to repay debt — the better the chances of qualifying for a mortgage. The rule of thumb is a 43% maximum, but aiming for a 36% DTI ratio is more manageable.
  • Consider holding off for a few months. It may be wise to wait until late summer or fall to buy a home, as we may later see more homes in the market.

For more information about the survey and its findings, please visit: https://www.lendingtree.com/home/mortgage/more-than-half-of-homebuyers-plan-to-buy-despite-coronavirus-pandemic/

For this survey, LendingTree commissioned Qualtrics to conduct an online survey of 1,006 homebuyers, with the sample base proportioned to represent the overall population. The survey was fielded April 24-30, 2020.

We defined generations* as the following ages in 2020:

  • Millennials: ages 24-39
  • Gen X: ages 40-54
  • Baby boomers: ages 55-74

Our survey also included responses from members of Generation Z (ages 18-23) and the Silent Generation (ages 75+). Their responses were factored into the overall percentages, but excluded from the generational breakdowns due to the low sample size among both age groups.

About LendingTree
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