Hispanic homeownership leads US household growth

by Candyd Mendoza11 Apr 2019

The Hispanic population in the US has accounted for over 60% of the nation’s homeownership growth in the last ten years, the largest in 14 years according to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals’ recent report.

“Over the past decade, Hispanics have accounted for 62.7% of net US homeownership gains, growing from 6,303,000 homeowners to 7,877,000, a total increase of 1,574,000 Hispanic homeowners,” NAHREP said. “This upward trajectory for Hispanic homeownership is consistent with projections made by the Urban Institute that Hispanics will account for more than half of all new homeowners over the next several years and for 56% of all new homeowners by 2030.”

The organization’s data revealed that Hispanics made up over 30% of overall US household formations in 2018 alone, contributing 362,000 homeowners to the US housing market. The Hispanic homeownership rate increased to 47.1% from 46.2% in 2018. This rate marked the biggest net gain for Hispanics since 2005.

Fannie Mae’s 2018 annual housing survey backed these findings, showing a growing demand for homeownership among Hispanic Americans. In fact, 88% of Hispanics believe that buying a home is the best housing investment plan, according to the survey.

“In 2018, Hispanics formed 485,000 new households, accounting for 32.4% of total U.S. household formations,” NAHREP said. “According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, Hispanics are projected to increase by 4.6 million households between 2015 and 2025. Hispanic household growth continues to outpace that of overall US household growth and is anticipated to do so for the foreseeable future.”