First-time home buyers aren’t buying homes like they used to.The
share of houses bought by first-time owners is at its lowest level in
nearly three decades and down sharply from 2013, according to a new survey out Monday from the National Assn. of Realtors.
33% of home purchases this year have been by first-time buyers, the
trade group said, down from 38% last year and well below the long-term
average of 40%, the trade group said.Would-be
buyers are struggling with higher prices, tight lending procedures and a
still-unsteady job market, said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. Their
absence, however, is slowing the overall recovery. NAR is predicting
home sales will fall this year for the first time since 2010.Federal regulators have begun easing some lending guidelines,
hoping to encourage banks to make more loans and draw more first-time
buyers back into the market. Meanwhile the stronger economy has some
economists forecasting more growth in sales next year.