Hispanics: ‘Helping Home Ownership Rates’

For the third consecutive year, the Hispanic population is driving growth in homeownership, according to the latest State of Hispanic Homeownership Report. Hispanics’ rising populations and household formation, as well as their increased workforce participation, is behind the uptick, according to the report by the Hispanic Wealth Project and National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.

The Hispanic population in the United States increased by 1 million last year and accounted for 51 percent of U.S. population growth. Hispanics increased their homeownership rate slightly from 46 percent to 46.2 percent, or a net increase of 167,000 new-owner households in 2017. Hispanics boasted the highest workforce participation rate among any other ethnic or racial demographic at 66.1 percent, according to the report.

The three biggest obstacles facing Hispanic homeownership: Lack of inventory, recent natural disasters, and the nation’s immigration policy, according to the report.

Source: National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals

HUD: Hispanics Key to Real Estate’s Growth

A booming Hispanic population will be the key to the nation’s future residential real estate market, Julian Castro, the newly confirmed secretary of the Housing and Urban Development, told The Associated Press.

“The prosperity of the United States and the prosperity of the Hispanic community, as the fastest-growing community, are one and the same,” Castro told the Associated Press. “The destinies are one and the same.”

Nearly half of first-time homebuyers nationwide will be Hispanic in six years, according to a 2013 study from the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. What’s more, Hispanics are forecasted to account for 40 percent of the estimated 12 million net new households nationwide within the next decade.

Castro says that an overhaul of federal immigration laws could further aid the U.S. housing market. Federal immigration law changes could add about 3 million home owners and generate more than $500 billion in sales, income, and spending into the housing economy, estimates the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals study.

Source: “Castro: Hispanics Key to U.S. Housing Sector Future,” Associated Press (Sept. 20, 2014)