The American Dream: Millennials Just Can’t Afford It

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via CNBC:

  • More than a quarter of young adults say buying a home is the life milestone they’re shooting for the most, even over getting married, having children and retiring, according to a survey.
  • However, sky-high rents and unprecedented student loan debt reduce the likelihood of being able to afford a down payment.

As far as Tatiana Skomski is concerned, the American Dream is alive and well — although just beyond reach.

Skomski, 24, lives with her boyfriend, K.J., and their dog, Lola, in Portland, Oregon. They picture getting married, buying a house and starting a family.

“It’s a conversation we have probably every day,” she said. “I recognize we are young but it feels impossible that one day we will have a down payment for a home when we can just pay our bills every month.”

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More than a quarter of millennials said buying a home was the life milestone they prioritize the most, even over getting married, having children and retiring, according to the latest Country Financial Security Index.

Still, the homeownership rate for the largest generation in U.S. history is lower than that of their parents and grandparents at the same age, according to a separate report by the Urban Institute, a policy research group.

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Sky-high rents, unprecedented student loan debt and delayed marriage reduce the likelihood of being able to buy a home, the institute found.

Skomski and her boyfriend work full time; however, they also have student loans — each owe around $30,000, roughly on par with the national average per graduate.



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