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More Millennials Using VA Loans In 3 Florida Cities

The number of VA-backed loans rose 2.3% year-to-year in September, with millennials much of the reason. Of the top, 10 VA-loan cities in the U.S., three are in Florida.

WASHINGTON – Millennials increasingly use Veterans Affairs (VA) loans to become homeowners. The number of loans backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs rose 2.3% year-to-year in September, led by a 14% jump in the number of mortgages to

millennial veterans and active-duty military personnel, according to a report by Veterans United, one of the nation’s largest VA lenders.

Of the top U.S. cities for millennial VA borrowers over the year, three are in Florida: Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin (No. 5), Jacksonville (No. 7) and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (No. 8).

“There has been a question in real estate circles for years about when millennials are going to start buying,” says Chris Birk, director of education for Veterans United, and some young buyers are jumping in sooner than their peers because of VA loans, he says. “They don’t have to spend years saving for a down payment,” he notes.

VA loans allow qualified veterans and service members to purchase a home with no down payment and no mortgage insurance.

Borrowers aged 23 to 38 comprised 211,276 loans – a 34% share of mortgages backed by the VA from September 2019 to September 2018. The total number of VA loans issued during that time period was 624,332. The number of borrowers between the ages of 23 to 38 who took out a VA loan during that time is up 30% from a year earlier.

Millennials and Generation Z (those younger than 23) buyers comprised 45% of all VA purchase loans during the last fiscal year.

The top 10 cities for millennial and Gen Z buyers using a VA loan

  1. Jacksonville, N.C.
  2. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood metro area, Texas
  3. Oklahoma City
  4. El Paso, Texas
  5. Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin metro area, Florida
  6. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
  7. Jacksonville, Florida
  8. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area, Florida
  9. Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia
  10. Las Vegas

Source: Veterans United Home Loans and “VA Mortgage Lending Increased 2.3% Led by Millennials,” HousingWire (Oct. 23, 2019)

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