Just 12% of adults are considering buying a home over the next 12 months, according to a poll by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
The latest figures represent a 14% year-over-year decline in prospective homebuyers, which is the third-consecutive annual drop for the metric. The 12% of prospective homebuyers is half of the 24% of potential homeowners in Q4 2017.
Additionally, 59% of prospective buyers in the poll showed they have never owned a home before, which is down from last year’s 63%.
Despite affordability issues across the nation, it is the millennial generation that are most likely to buy a home. Of the generations, 24% of millennials plan to purchase a home in the next year. Generation X followed at 13%, 7% of baby boomers plan to buy a home, and just 3% of seniors are expected to make a purchase.
However, 77% of millennials will be buying their first home, which is more than Gen X and baby boomers combined.
Twelve percent of respondents in both the southern and western regions plan to purchase a house, compared to 11% in the midwest, and 10% in the northeast.
The NAHB also reported that volume of single-family permits issued has fallen 6.1% from June 2018.
Single-family permits declined in all four regions of the country: Midwest (-9.8%), northeast (-35), south (-3.7%), and the west (-10.2%).
The states of Idaho, Alabama, Florida, Minnesota, West Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia, reported increases in single-family permits.
In a recent report, the New York Federal Reserve Bank called housing starts and permits “anemic.”
According to the report, total housing starts fell 1% in June to 1.25 million units, which follows a 0.4% decline in June. Compared to June 2018, total housing starts were up 6.2%.
Existing home sales fell 1.5% in June to 4.69 million units, and are 1.7% below 2018’s figures. New home sales rose 7% with a year-over-year increase of 4.5%.
The New York Fed called home sales, “lackluster.”