Homebuyers have grown increasingly worried about affordability this summer, real estate broker Redfin reported Thursday.
Affordability concerns are especially acute among millennials, many of whom worry about being able to make a down payment.
Some 28% of homebuyers in a national survey, asked what their biggest concern about the housing market was, said prices were too high or were rising. Redfin said in a statement this was the largest percentage to cite the affordability concern in more than a year.
Other worries paled by comparison. Thirteen percent of respondents complained about too much competition from other buyers, and 12.4% about lack of inventory to choose from.
Only one in 10 said they had no major concerns.
Redfin noted that in previous surveys, the second- and third-most cited concerns made up a significantly higher percentage of total responses, indicating that affordability was gaining prominence as buyers’ chief concern.
Among millennials, affordability concerns were even more acute. Thirty-three percent cited it as their top concern, and 10% said they might not have enough money for a down payment. Only 7% said they had no concerns about the process.
Redfin’s survey, conducted between Aug. 7 and Aug. 15, included responses from 1,887 homebuyers in 41 states and Washington, D.C.
Forty-five percent of all first-time homebuyers in the poll said high rent had prompted them to enter the housing market, way up from 25% of first-time buyers who said this a year ago.