First-time buyers in the Miami metro area place a significant emphasis on saving and see homeownership on the horizon, according to the second annual Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report. Nearly three-quarters of aspiring buyers in the area cite saving for a home as a major priority, ahead of improving credit scores (71 percent) and saving for retirement (66 percent). This is more than the national average (45 percent) and higher than any of the 10 local markets surveyed. Their focus on saving may be paying off, as prospective Miami buyers are among the most likely to plan to purchase their first home within the next two years (46 percent).
The report, a second annual study exploring homebuying perceptions and behaviors among adult consumers, also found that amid rising rental rates across the country, 78 percent of Miami-area homebuyers believe owning is more affordable than renting. In fact, more than half of Miami owners purchased their first home because they thought money spent on rent would be better invested toward a mortgage.
Miami-specific highlights from the report include:
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This survey was conducted by GfK Public Communications and Social Science, using GfK’s KnowledgePanel®, which yields results that are statistically representative and projectable to the American population. The survey was conducted online January 24–February 2, 2017. A total of 4,906 adults age 18+ were surveyed, including 1,268 current homeowners and 435 prospective homeowners. In addition, an augment was conducted to achieve 300 adults in 10 local markets: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Phoenix, Miami, St. Louis, and New York. The margin of sampling error for national data is +/- 3.0 percentage points.
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