Despite a Year of Financial Setbacks, 1 in 6 Americans Who Haven't Purchased a Home Since the Start of the Pandemic Are Still Planning On Buying a Home Within 2 Years

Optimism for homebuying is still alive, and this group of hopeful homeowners is reshaping the way we finance this huge life moment

January 28, 2021 9:05 AM EST

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the financial hardships of 2020 and the pitfalls of the housing market, new data highlights Americans' optimism and reveals they are proactively carving their path when it comes to this big life moment: purchasing a home. Coinciding with the launch of MyWalletJoy's new personalized action plans that help consumers navigate life's big moments, its 2021 Hope for Homeownership report found that 1 in 6 (17%) Americans who have not bought a home since March 2020 are planning to do so within the next two years, or before December 2022. That intent was even higher among younger generations, with 28% of 18- to 34-year-olds planning to purchase a home within the next two years.

The report, commissioned by online personal finance resource MyWalletJoy, which engaged YouGov PLC to poll the views of a representative sample of 2,723 American adults, reveals that the handful of Americans planning to purchase a home by December 2022 are meticulously taking control of their finances to reach their goal.

"Although it has been a tough year for Americans in all aspects of personal finance and big life moments, we are happy to see that optimism around buying a home is still very much alive," said Yvette Ramos, a MyWalletJoy spokesperson. "As many are still in the savings and planning stages of this venture, MyWalletJoy is here as a resource for additional insight and financial knowledge to help hopeful homeowners navigate this sometimes-stressful process."

Americans Are Thinking Differently About Down Payments While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Americans to rethink their finances and shift their plans, those who still plan to purchase a home are changing the way they finance a down payment and how much they put down.

Over half of Americans (52%) who are planning to purchase a home before December 2022 reported they aim to put down between 3%-19% of the final home price, while only 1 in 7 (14%) are sticking to a down payment of more than 20% and just under 1 in 8 (12%) will put down the traditional 20%.

While Americans are committing to lower amounts when it comes to down payments, they are still opting for traditional methods of obtaining those payments, including using their savings as well as taking out personal loans. The report found that more than 2 in 5 (43%) of these aspiring homeowners are currently saving for homeownership and plan to use personal savings and/or investments. Additionally, more than 1 in 6 (18%) plan on taking out a personal loan from an alternative lender, and 1 in 11 (9%) cited they would tap into their retirement account/savings.

Low Salaries and the Pandemic Are Preventing Many Americans From Purchasing a Home Buying a home is a huge life moment that requires months and sometimes years of careful financial planning and discipline. Yet, regardless of how much time is taken to save the necessary funds, there are a few recurring factors that keep Americans from reaching their homeownership goals.

The main factor hindering Americans who do not have current plans to purchase a home within the next two years is salary. Nearly 1 in 3 (31%) said they do not make enough money or have a high enough salary.

Unfortunately, the data shows that the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic have further dented Americans' hope of buying a home in the near future. Of those who haven't purchased a home since March 2020 and do not have plans to do so in the next two years, 7% cited they are experiencing or anticipating too much financial turmoil caused by COVID-19.

To view the full findings from MyWalletJoy's 2021 Hope for Homeownership Report, click here. Visit to create a free account and get started on your action plan with essential to-do lists and must-know tips for buying a home.

Research Methodology MyWalletJoy commissioned YouGov PLC to poll the views of a representative sample of 2,723 U.S. adults. Fieldwork was undertaken Dec. 9-11, 2020. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all U.S. adults (aged 18 and older).

About MyWalletJoy MyWalletJoy is a personal finance resource helping people make smarter financial decisions around life's most important moments. Whether it's planning a wedding or buying a home, MyWalletJoy offers curated articles, in-depth guides, and informative videos. By creating an account at individuals can take advantage of step-by-step action plans aimed at easing stress around their finances, allowing them to focus on what matters most: the moment worth celebrating.

To learn more about MyWalletJoy, visit

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