Trend Of Parents Helping Millennial Children Buy First Home Is On The Rise

Bank of Mom and Dad is Alive and Well; Source and Allocation of Parent's Support Shifts; Millennials and Parents Differ on Whether Financial Assistance is a Loan, Gift or Inheritance

Mar 24, 2015

IRVINE, Calif., March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- New research by loanDepot LLC, America's consumer lender, indicates the number of parents who expect to help their Millennial-age children purchase a home in the future will increase by 31 percent compared to the past five years, from 13 to 17 percent. Half (50%) of the parents who will help their children buy a home say they'll contribute toward down payments, while 20 percent will cover closing costs and 20 percent will cosign the loan.

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In the future, about two-thirds of parents (67%) say they'll use savings to help their children buy a home, compared to 72 percent in the past. The number of parents who plan to use cash from a refinance or take out a personal loan to help their children buy a home is expected to double. In the past, just 4 percent of parents refinanced their homes and 3 percent used personal loans. In the future, those numbers are expected to increase to 8 percent for parents who will refinance and 8 percent for parents who will take out a personal loan.

"Support from parents is playing a significant role in the housing recovery, and this new research indicates the trend will increase," said Dave Norris, president and chief operations officer at loanDepot LLC. "First time home buyers comprise 28 percent of the today's home buying market, an almost all-time low. Through the survey, 75 percent of Millennial-age home-buyers who received financial support from their parents said that assistance made it possible for them to buy a home. Without that financial support, it's likely the pool of Millennial first-time home buyers would be even smaller than today."


The loanDepot research surfaced opposing views between parents and Millennial-aged buyers about whether or not the parent's financial support was or will be a gift, loan, inheritance or something else altogether. While most parents (68%) view the financial support as a gift, only 29 percent of Millennial-aged children agreed. More Millennials (36%) view their parent's financial support as a loan to be repaid than as a gift (29%).

Future: How Parents & Their Children View Obligation to Repay


According to the new loanDepot survey, in the future parents will rely less on personal savings to help their children buy a home and more on other options including cash proceeds from a home refinance or taking out personal loans. In fact, parents' reliance on personal savings will decrease by 15 percent, while in the future their reliance on personal loans and cash out refinances will double.

Future & Past: Sources of Parental Support

Sources of funds

Past Five Years

Future Purchases







Refinance current home



Unsecured personal loan



Borrow from 401K



Sold/Sell Primary Residence, Used Proceeds



Sold Equities, Used Proceeds



Don't Know




While more parents in the future expect to help their children buy a home, the loanDepot survey reveals parents' financial support with down payments will shift to other options. In the past, 65 percent of parents helping their kids buy a home chipped in on the down payment, with nearly 20 percent of them paying 90 percent or more towards the down. In the future, the number of parents expecting to help with the down payment is expected to drop to 50 percent, and only 8 percent expect to contribute 90 percent of the down payment.

In the future, parents will likely be more willing to open their wallets wider to pay 'other expenses' or student loan debt and to welcome their boomerang children back to the nest than in the past.  In fact, one in three (30%) parents expect to pay 'other expenses' so their children can save money, and 18 percent expect to help pay-down student loan debt. In the past, only 11 percent of parents paid down their children's student loan debt to save money to buy a home.

Over half (55%) of the parents expect their kids will continue living with them or said they may have them move back home to save money for that first home.

How Parents Help their Children Buy a Home

According to the new survey, Millennials aren't necessarily interested in getting a second job, moving in with parents or asking for cash in lieu of wedding, birthday or holiday gifts to save for a home. Cutting back on entertainment and eating out less (39%) topped the list of money-saving strategies Millennials used to save money for their first home.

How Millennials Are Saving For Down Payments

Millennials Save Like This

Millennials purchased a home

Cut down on entertainment/eat out less


Live with or Move Back in with Parents


Worked and saved money


Got second job or asked for a raise


Sold personal items


Asked for money instead of wedding/holiday gifts




Took out a loan


Didn't need a down payment


"Our new survey confirms most Millennials plan to own a home someday2, and their parents are more than supportive of their efforts," said Norris. "Their interest in homeownership will likely pick up once they start their own families, reduce debt and have been working long enough to earn a decent income and save money. As parents increase support of their children's goals to own a home, loanDepot will increase the financing options available to help Millennials achieve their dreams.  From personal loans for debt consolidate to affordable home finance options, loanDepot remains committed to be America's consumer lender of choice."

This new research was completed Feb 13, 2015, for loanDepot LLC, America's consumer lender, by GFK Custom Research North America by completing 1000 interviews with parents of Millennial-aged children and 1000 interviews of Millennial-age adults, ages 18 to 38.

Launched in 2010, loanDepot LLC is an emerging-growth nonbank consumer lender and market leader offering mortgage and nonmortgage lending products in all 50 states. Founded in 2010 by industry pioneer and innovator Anthony Hsieh, loanDepot LLC operates under the brand names, imortgage, Mortgage Master, and LDWholesale. The company maintains dual headquarters in Foothill Ranch, CA and Plano, TX, operates 130+ local branches offering lending products to consumers nationwide, and generates loan production from four technology-enabled business centers. More than 4000 people are employed by loanDepot, including 1300+ licensed loan officers. As America's consumer lender, loanDepot is disrupting consumer finance and redefining the market with less division between mortgage and nonmortgage credit amid changes in consumer behavior and technology, access to credit, economic cycles and market consolidation. loanDepot LLC is an approved seller and servicer for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. loanDepot LLC, NMLS # 174457 Learn more at

The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel®, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses. Persons in selected households are then invited by telephone or by mail to participate in the web-enabled KnowledgePanel®. For those who agree to participate, but do not already have Internet access, GfK provides at no cost a laptop and ISP connection. People who already have computers and Internet service are permitted to participate using their own equipment. Panelists then receive unique log-in information for accessing surveys online, and then are sent emails throughout each month inviting them to participate in research. The GfK Group offers the fundamental knowledge that industry, retailers, services companies and the media need to make market decisions. It delivers a comprehensive range of information and consultancy services in the three business sectors Custom Research, Retail and Technology and Media. GfK, one of the leading market research organizations worldwide, operates in more than 100 countries and employs over 11,000 staff. In 2010, the GfK Group's sales amounted to EUR 1.29 billion. For further information, visit our website:


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