What Bank of America’s recent Homebuyer Insights Report says about Seattleites

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Whether your next step is to build your savings or apply for a mortgage pre-approval, the more informed you are about the market + purchasing process, the more able you’ll be to put your best foot forward when pursuing homeownership.

Bank of America’s recent Homebuyer Insights Report: Navigating the Competitive Homebuying Market uncovers just how motivated homebuyers are to achieve the Seattleite’s dream of homeownership, exploring:

  1. What they’re willing to do, and
  2. the trade-offs they’re willing to make to accomplish their goals.

86% of prospective homebuyers say they’d move to an up-and-coming neighborhood to achieve homeownership, compared to 82% of their national respondents. | Photo via Unsplash

What does that mean for Seattleites? Alternative income streams + side hustles are common motivators for prospective homebuyers, and some are turning to cryptocurrency.

Seattle by the numbers

  • 13% of buyers said they have used crypto for their home or put it toward a down payment
  • 38% said they would consider it
  • 30% are willing to start an online store to sell handcrafted pieces in order to earn additional income toward a home purchase
  • 48% are even willing to sell some of their belongings to save for a home

Millennial Seattleites + home ownership

Millennials represent the largest group purchasing homes, with:

  1. 53% citing the desire to set down roots for their growing family
  2. 62% wanting to start building equity in a home

Less than 30% of prospective millennial homebuyers in Seattle would seek financial help from their family to buy a home.

However, they would consider:

  • Delaying their home purchase timeline to save money (72%)
  • Increasing their initial budget (49%)
  • Sacrificing their preferred location in favor of finding the perfect home (53%)
  • Building their own home (45%)
  • Making an offer over asking price (53%)

In anticipation of having to pay above asking price, 36% of prospective homebuyers in Seattle would search for homes between $10,000 + $25,000 below their intended price. And 16% of prospective homebuyers would lower their range between $25,000 and $50,000.

To address the challenges many Seattleite buyers face, Bank of America’s $15 billion Community Homeownership Commitment provides a variety of solutions to make homeownership affordable + sustainable, including:

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