US Homeownership at 11 Year Low

US Homeownership at 11 Year Low

Is the ‘Amrican Dream’ Dying?

Homeownership in the United States is at its lowest level since late 1999 and has decreased another 0.7% this past year. Is the ‘American Dream’ dying? Or, is it simply changing?

According to Census Bureau data homeownership rates are highest in the Midwest and the South followed by the Northeast. Homeownership is lowest in the West. Homeownership rates could continue to fall as the number of foreclosure filings and delinquencies increase.

Purchasing a home is getting harder as well! It was announced this week that Bank of America and Wells Fargo raised the minimum credit score to 640 (from 620) on FHA insured loans that they will purchase. FHA up until October of this year did not have FICO mimimums. However, as of October required a mimum FICO of 500. Any borrower with a FICO between 500 and 580 would be required to have 10% down. Borrowers above 580 must have 3at least a 3.5% down payment.

Moving the minimum to 640, as Bank of America and Wells have done, could eliminate 15% of FHA buyers. That could affect the hardest hit communities the most. All of this only serves to slow down any recovery that is underway. We have to find a way to make homeownership affordable and realistic. If we don’t this economy will not recover at the pace many want it to see. It starts with JOBS and HOUSING.

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Joe Hildebrand

Joe Hildebrand is a real estate agent at RE/MAX Unlimited

Phone: (303) 671-3078

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4 Responses to “ “US Homeownership at 11 Year Low”

  1. Jon Nelson says:

    whoah this blog is great i love reading your articles keep up the good work!

  2. Chi Prudden says:

    Great points here, keep it up!

  3. Zach Z. says:

    It surprises me that people with a 500 credit score were getting home loans. What were people thinking? Even 620-640 is a BAD credit score. People should need at least a 700 credit rating to even be considered for a home loan. Striving for home ownership is great public policy, but credit is a privilege and not a right.

    • joehildebrand says:


      I think the lesson to be learned is credit scores should not be the end all for mortgage lending. Credit is a privelege but it is one where the rules and reporting heavily favor companies and not the individual. It is far too easy for a person to have a derogotory that doesn’t belong than it is to get it off.

      I would argue a bigger issue in the morgtage lending wasn’t necessarily the credit scores as much as it was borrowers and the products they were placed in.


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