Millennial Homeowners Utilizing Home Equity for Extra Funds


first_imgMillennial Homeowners Utilizing Home Equity for Extra Funds Those among the older millennial generation (ages 30 to 34) who own a home are likely to tap into their home equity when they need extra cash, according to a survey from Discover Home Equity Loans.In fact, that age cohort was twice as likely than baby boomers ages 55 to 64 to take out a home equity loan, according to the survey of 1,428 adults in March 2016 conducted by research firm Toluna for Discover.The survey found that millennials prefer the cheaper home equity loan interest rate (which averaged 4.88 percent for the week ending August 17) or home equity line of credit rate (4.75 percent) over borrowing using a credit card, where the average interest rate is currently 16.1 percent.“Homeowners who have built equity in their homes have the opportunity to leverage their financial asset to help them pay down debt, update their home or pay for major expenses,” said TJ Freeborn, director of operations strategy for Discover Home Equity Loans. “Home equity loans are a viable option homeowners may want to consider, especially because they offer perks like a fixed rate for the life of the loan and the potential for the interest to be tax deductible.”Out of the 64 percent of older millennials who own a home, 51 percent of them used to have a home equity loan, compared to just 26 percent of baby boomers who own a home, according to the survey.Older millennial homeowners were three times more likely than baby boomers to tap home equity when they need emergency cash (42 percent compared to 14 percent).The survey also showed that older millennials were more likely than baby boomers to use their home as a financial asset by selling it to make money (27 percent compared to 13 percent) and older millennials were also more likely than baby boomers to view their homes as an investment property (25 percent compared to 7 percent).Click here to view the full survey results. Millennials. Home Equity 2016-08-24 Seth Welborn Sharecenter_img August 24, 2016 569 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img

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