More renters sour on homeownership, some blame student debt

Young couple with realtor, apartment hunting, housing/ Newscast | UIG | Getty Images
Young couple with realtor, apartment hunting, housing/ Newscast | UIG | Getty Images

By Diana Olick | CNBC

As home prices and rents continue to rise, confidence in the housing market is starting to wane. It is showing up in weaker traffic at open houses and less interest in taking on a mortgage as some worry about their student debt loads.

The numbers are dropping, and a new survey from the National Association of Realtors only adds fodder to the current market’s failings. While three-quarters of Americans surveyed in the second quarter of this year still think now is a good time to buy a home, the numbers are slipping, especially among renters. Just 62 percent of renters said now is the time to move to homeownership, down from 68 percent at the end of last year. Those under the age of 35 were the least confident. Millennials today have the lowest homeownership rate of their age group in recorded history.

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