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Single Millennials Were Most Likely to Buy A Home in These Cities in July According to Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker


PLEASANTON, Calif. – Sept. 5, 2018 – Bay City, Mich., Cheyenne, Wyo., and Norwalk, Ohio top the list of markets in which single Millennial homebuyers were more likely to close a mortgage loan in July than married homebuyers, according to the latest Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker™. More than half of single Millennial homebuyers last month were men (53 percent), compared to 40 percent who were women; the remaining seven percent were unspecified. Single homebuyers borrowed $172,904, on average, and had an average FICO score of 720.

Percentage of Closed Loans by Single Millennial Borrowers (July 2018)

City Percentage of Closed Loans by Single Millennials (July 2018)
Bay City, Mich. 82 percent
Cheyenne, Wyo. 82 percent
Norwalk, Ohio 80 percent
Batavia, N.Y. 77 percent
New Philadelphia - Dover, Ohio 76 percent
Pocatello, Idaho 76 percent
Williston, N.D. 76 percent
Columbus, Ind. 72 percent
College Station - Bryan, Texas 71 percent
Ames, Iowa 71 percent
Minot, N.D. 71 percent
Faribault-Northfield, Minn. 70 percent

"Millennials are purchasing more homes than any other generation, and we're seeing many single borrowers take advantage of opportunities now rather than waiting to purchase a home around a big life event such as getting married or starting a family," said Joe Tyrrell, executive vice president of corporate strategy for Ellie Mae. "We're also seeing Millennials get more for their money by purchasing homes in affordable markets."

In comparison, Aberdeen, S.D., Indiana, Pa., and Odessa, Texas were the top markets in which married Millennial homebuyers were more likely to close a mortgage loan in July than their single counterparts. Sixty-seven percent of married Millennial primary borrowers last month were men, compared to 25 percent who were women; the remaining eight percent were unspecified. Married homebuyers borrowed $277,651, on average, and had an average FICO score of 729.

Percentage of Closed Loans by Married Millennial Borrowers (July 2018)

City Percentage of Closed Loans by Married Millennials (July 2018)
Aberdeen, S.D. 76 percent
Indiana, Pa. 71 percent
Odessa, Texas 69 percent
Charleston, W.Va. 59 percent
Austin, Minn. 59 percent
Midland, Texas 58 percent
Bay City, Mich. 54 percent
Sioux Falls, S.D. 53 percent
Mankato-North Mankato, Minn. 52 percent
Findlay, Ohio 52 percent
Winona, Minn. 52 percent
Anchorage, Alaska 52 percent

Additional findings from the July 2018 Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker include:

  • Purchases made up 90 percent of all closed loans to Millennials, slightly down from 91 percent in June. Eight percent of home loans were for refinances, holding steady from the month prior, while 2 percent were unspecified.
  • Conventional loans remained the most popular among Millennial borrowers at 68 percent of total closed loans in July. FHA loans accounted for 27 percent of closed loans. VA loans were just two percent of all closed loans. The remaining three percent were undisclosed.
  • Millennial males (both single and married) were listed as the primary borrower on 61 percent of closed loans in July, while females were listed on 32 percent and seven percent were unspecified. By comparison, in July 2017, males were listed as the primary borrower on 64 percent of closed loans, females were listed on 33 percent and three percent were unspecified.
  • The average age of all Millennial borrowers was 29.8, essentially flat from 29.9 in June.

Ellie Mae® (NYSE: ELLI) is the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry.

The Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker is an interactive online tool that provides access to up-to-date demographic data about this new generation of homebuyers. It mines data from a robust sampling of approximately 80 percent of all closed mortgages dating back to 2014 that were initiated on Ellie Mae's Encompass® all-in-one mortgage management solution. Given the size of this sample and Ellie Mae's market share, it is a strong proxy of Millennial mortgage indicators across the country. Searches can be tailored by borrower geography, age, gender, marital status, FICO score and amortization type. For more information, visit http://elliemae.com/millennial-tracker.

ABOUT THE ELLIE MAE MILLENNIAL TRACKER

The Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker focuses on Millennial mortgage applications during specific time periods. Ellie Mae defines Millennials as applicants born between the years 1980 and 1999. New data is updated on the first Monday of every month for two months prior. The Millennial Tracker is a subset of our Origination Insight Report, which details aggregated, anonymized data pulled from Ellie Mae's Encompass origination platform. Additional information regarding the Origination Insight Report can be found at http://elliemae.com/resources/origination-insight-reports. News organizations have the right to reuse this data, provided that Ellie Mae, Inc. is credited as the source.

About Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI) is the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry. Ellie Mae’s technology solutions enable lenders to originate more loans, reduce origination costs, and shorten the time to close, all while ensuring the highest levels of compliance, quality and efficiency. Visit EllieMae.com or call 877.355.4362 to learn more.

Press Contact

Erica Harvill
Ellie Mae, Inc.
(925) 227-5913
Erica.harvill@elliemae.com

Caitlin Coffee
Allison+Partners
(312) 635-8204
EllieMae@allisonpr.com

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