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Here's more proof Millennials are being judged too quickly


Millennials are supposed to be different from previous generations, especially when it comes to their spending. But maybe they’re more similar to older generations than people imagine, especially when it comes to buying homes.

Despite their reputation for renting, we know that millennials want to own homes. Now a new report from Bank of America sheds even more light on their attitudes toward home buying.

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In fact, not only do millennials, aged 18-34, plan to own a home, they plan to own multiple homes throughout their lifetimes: 68 percent of millennials say their current home is merely a stepping stone towards the home they want to end up in, compared with 36 percent of homeowners across all generations, the survey found. (This makes sense, considering that older generations are more likely to have already moved or bought homes more than once.)

It’s been estimated elsewhere that a more than a third of millennials are already homeowners.

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And they’re putting their money where their mouths are: 40 percent of older millennials (aged 25-34) say they’ve already started to plan for a down payment, compared with 35 percent of the general population. At the same time, first-time buyers are not really certain how much they’ll need for a down payment. As you’ll see from the graph below, there is no true consensus on the matter:

Courtesy of Money

(The answer is somewhat nuanced but the conventional figure is 20 percent.)

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