First-time homebuyers are not being shut out off the housing market

Several housing market analysts have expressed concern that a lack of affordability has shut first-time homebuyers out of the market. But the trouble is, there hasn’t been a great measure of how many first-time buyers are actually purchasing homes. Until now. A recent paper by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reviewed current measures of first-time buyers to highlight their flaws, then used data from the Fed’s own Consumer Credit Panel, which culls Equifax data from a random sample of U.S. households, to create a more accurate picture.

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