Which Comes First... Marriage or Mortgage?

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According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2017 at 57% of all buyers. It is no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more attainable.

But, many couples are also deciding to buy a home before spending what would be a down payment on a wedding, as unmarried couples made up 16% of all first-time buyers last year.

If you’re single, don’t fret! Single women made up 18% of first-time buyers in 2017, while single men accounted for 7% of buyers. A recent report pointed to a sense of responsibility and commitment that drives many single women to want to own their own homes rather than rent someone else’s.


Here is the breakdown of all first-time homebuyers in 2017 by percentage of all buyers, income, and age:


                                            Percent of All First                Household                Median Age                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Time (FT) Buyers                     Income                     (in years)


All FT Buyers                         100%                              $75,000                        32

Married Couple                       57%                               $87,100                        32

Single Female                         18%                               $54,000                        35

Unmarried Couple                  16%                               $77,300                        30

Single Male                               7%                               $59,600                        31

Other                                         2%                               $76,800                        37


Bottom Line
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