Millennials Are Best About Paying Their Mortgages on Time

A new report from TransUnion finds that Americans overall have gotten much better about making their mortgage payments in a timely fashion.

The percentage of homeowners who were more than 60 days past due on their mortgage payment has gone down for the 10th straight quarter, dropping nearly 20 percent in the last year alone.

According to a new report from TransUnion, the mortgage delinquency rate is now at 3.46 percent, its lowest level in six years.

Although the rate is improving for all age groups in the U.S., the millennials (adults younger than 30) have the lowest rate (2.34 percent) of delinquency on their home loans. The nation’s youngest homeowners have also experienced the biggest drop in delinquency (28.6 percent) in the past year.

TransUnion noted that the millennials make up just 4.16 percent of all mortgage accounts.

According to TransUnion, the homeowner age groups, percentage of mortgage accounts they represent, and their delinquency rate are:

  • Under 30 —4.16 percent of accounts, 2.34 percent delinquency rate.
  • 30-39 — 17.53 percent, 3.91 percent.
  • 40-49 — 24.66 percent, 4.43 percent.
  • 50-59 — 27.06 percent, 3.46 percent.
  • 60 and over — 26.30 percent, 2.58 percent.

Steve Chaouki, head of financial services for TransUnion, said in a press release that a number of factors have contributed to the improvements in the mortgage delinquency rate. He said:

These include the clearing of severely delinquent accounts through foreclosure as well as a lower rate of new delinquencies from post-recession vintages, which generally are of significantly higher credit quality and have experienced much better performance than mortgages originated before the recession. This dynamic is likely driving the low delinquencies among younger borrowers. It is encouraging to see younger borrowers perform well, since their generation was significantly impacted by the recession and their loans are among the newest.

The report also says that mortgage originations dropped 51.1 percent, from 2.2 million in the first quarter of 2013 to 1.1 million in the first quarter of this year.

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  • Eddie Lutz

    Perhaps delinquencies occur the older you get, regardless of what generation you belong to. Loss of job, declining health, etc. Give the millennial time — they’ll feel the heat just like the rest of us.

  • Finally, some positive financial news about my age-group! If I had to guess the reasons, I would say that we are more likely to pay automatically, and a higher percentage of millennials that own homes are probably in more stable jobs compared to older generations. I recently sold my house, but when I had a mortgage, I paid on it every month automatically from my checking account to make sure I was on time and to prevent a large chunk coming out all at once. I know several of my friends that do the same thing, and this strategy works best if you do it automatically online, something that older generations may not be doing as often. I would also argue that if you were to look at the average home-owner in different age brackets, the millennial home-owner would probably have a higher chance of having a good stable job, because in order to get the same down payment as older home-owners, millennails would have have had less time to save when compared to older home-owners. Interesting article.

  • Steve Bitzel

    I agree, automatic payments are a good likely candidate for lower delinquency. I got my mortgage a little before rates hit rock bottom, but still likely lower than older loans. I would speculate that having that low rate from the start without refinancing gives my fellow millennials an advantage over other age groups.

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