- Forty-eight percent of renters are worried they won't be able to afford a home during their lifetimes, according to a Lending Tree survey.
- That concern is most acute among Gen X and millennials, cohorts that are in their peak earning years.
- The middle class depends on home equity as a source of wealth more than upper-income families.
Forty-eight percent of renters worry they won't be able to buy a home during their lifetimes, according to a new Lending Tree survey.
That concern is largest among renters in Generation X (41 to 55 years old) and millennials (25 to 40 years old). To that point, 55% of Gen X renters and 52% of millennial renters are worried about their prospects of homeownership, according to the survey, which was published Aug. 31.
"People in the midst of their careers, especially Gen Xers in their peak earning years, are thinking, 'If I haven't bought a house at this point, it's probably not going to happen," said Jacob Channel, a senior economic analyst at Lending Tree.
The sentiment is concerning since homeownership represents a large source of wealth for the average family, Channel said.
"What they've been seeing for a while now, especially [during] the pandemic, is home prices rising really, really fast and wages not necessarily keeping up," Channel said of renters.