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Navigating the Affordability Crisis: Challenges and Solutions for Hispanic Homebuyers

Buying a home is a big dream for many people, but it's becoming increasingly difficult for Hispanic families in the United States. According to the 2023 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report, only 13.8% of homes were priced under $200,000 that year, a significant drop from previous years. This trend is forcing families to move to more affordable states like Texas, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.

The Affordability Crisis

Rising Prices and Fewer Affordable Homes: In 2023, only 13.8% of homes were priced under $200,000, compared to 39.1% in 2016. The drastic reduction in affordable homes makes it challenging for many Hispanic families to find homes within their budgets​.

Relocating for Better Opportunities: To find more affordable homes, many Hispanic families are moving to states like Texas, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. However, relocating often means leaving behind friends and family, which can be hard on families.

Hispanic Homeownership Trends

Rising Homeownership Rate Despite Challenges: The Hispanic homeownership rate reached 49.5% in 2023, with a net gain of 377,000 households. Hispanic families are mainly young, with a median age of 30.7, much younger than non-Hispanic homebuyers, who have a median age of over 40​.

Creative Solutions

Co-Borrowing: More Hispanic families are using co-borrowers (like family members or friends) to qualify for mortgages. Co-borrowing allows families to pool their resources and increase their chances of mortgage approval​​.

Special Programs: Local government and real estate groups offer special programs to help first-time buyers afford homes. HWP's NAHREP 10 Certified Trainer Program teaches real estate professionals the ten wealth-building disciplines to empower their communities​.

Help for First-Time Buyers:

  • Down Payment Assistance: Programs help buyers afford the initial costs of purchasing a home.
  • FHA Loans: Loans from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) help buyers with lower credit scores or less money for a down payment.
  • Lower Interest Rates: Temporary interest rate buy-downs make monthly payments more affordable

More Affordable Homes

Building more affordable homes in cities could help families stay close to their communities. Offering tax credits to developers who include affordable homes in their projects could also increase the housing supply​​.

Strengthening Community Support

Real estate agents, financial counselors, and lenders can help families connect with the right resources to buy a home. Join initiatives like the Hispanic Wealth Project to help make this happen. You can learn more about their programs and download the State of Hispanic Wealth Report.

For current information on financial literacy, investment, and building wealth, check out the Wealth Stream News from the Hispanic Wealth Project. It provides valuable insights into real estate, personal finance, and success stories that can inspire Hispanic families on their path to homeownership.

Despite the rising cost of homes, Hispanic families remain determined to buy houses and create better lives for themselves. By improving financial education, making it easier for first-time buyers to get help, and building more affordable homes, we can help more Hispanic families achieve the dream of homeownership.


  • State of Hispanic Homeownership Report (NAHREP): Link
  • Hispanic Wealth Project Programs: Link
  • NAHREP 10 Certified Trainer Program: Link
  • Wealth Stream News (Hispanic Wealth Project): Link
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