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Second Homes: Recovery Post Financial Crisis

April 7, 2014


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Historically, most mortgage origination volume comes from traditional purchase and refinance mortgages on primary residences. A smaller, yet significant portion of the market consists of purchase originations for second homes – homes that are neither the borrower’s primary residence nor an investment property. During the housing downturn, the second home mortgage market experienced a severe decline. However, in each year since 2009, the share of the mortgage market consisting of second home purchases has grown.

In the most recent edition of Housing Insights, Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group provides insights into the typical second home buyer, the history of the second home market, and the outlook for second home sales in the future.

Research shows that compared to primary residence home buyers, the typical second home buyer is older and more affluent, more likely to own financial assets, more likely to buy the home in cash, and tends to put more money down when using a mortgage.

By combining financial wealth data with home price and population data, findings suggest that the outlook for second home sales is positive in the near term, as those who have enjoyed appreciation in financial wealth now find themselves able to buy homes in popular second home destinations at a comparatively low cost. Further, as the population continues to age in the coming years more people will find themselves in this position, assuming investment patterns remain similar.

To learn more about our findings and the second home mortgage market, read our latest Housing Insights.

David Kopita
Business Analyst, Economic & Strategic Research

April 7, 2014

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