Working Paper

First-Time Homebuyers: Toward a New Measure

Abstract: Existing data sources show divergent estimates of the number of homes purchased by first-time homebuyers as a share of all home purchases. In this paper, we use a new data set to construct a time series of the share of first-time homebuyers. This series, based on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Equifax Consumer Credit Panel (CCP), shows a significant decline in this share, particularly for young households, which is consistent with the decline in homeownership in this age cohort since the early 2000s.

Keywords: first-time home buyers; homeownership; credit access; housing market trends;

JEL Classification: R30; R31; R38;

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Bibliographic Information

Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Part of Series: Working Papers

Publication Date: 2017-10-09

Number: 17-36

Pages: 17 pages