Young people are three times as likely to own property if their parents are homeowners

4 December 2018

Young people whose parents own property are far more likely to also be homeowners, according to the Resolution Foundation.

The think tank has published figures that demonstrate that parental property wealth is now a key indicator as to whether a young person will be able to get on the property ladder.

In the mid 90s and early 00s twice as many 30-year-olds with parental property owned their own property compared to 30-year-olds with no parental property.

That discrepancy has now risen to three times more likely. One in four (25%) 30-year-olds with property-owning parents own property, whereas less than one in 10 without property-owning parents do.

The graph below demonstrates the differences.

Source: Resolution Foundation, December 2018

Homeownership amongst 30-year-olds with property-owning parents has dropped from 40% to 25%.

For those without property-owning parents it has dropped from 20% to just 9%.

The Resolution Foundation says that even accounting for education level and pay packets, homeowning parents are a defining factor in whether a young person owns their own home.

Stephen Clarke, senior economic analyst at the Resolution Foundation, comments: “High house prices and sluggish wage growth have meant that being able to buy a home of their own is almost impossible for many young people without access to the Bank of Mum and Dad.

“In fact, our housing crisis is so big that what your parents own is becoming as important as how much you earn when it comes to owning your own home. This is particularly worrying for the one in two millennials who aren’t homeowners, and whose parents also aren’t either.

“These findings reinforce the need to think more broadly about what the barriers to social mobility are in 21st century Britain. We’ve always known that who your parents are affects what education you get and job you do. But increasingly the effect is continuing later into life by determining whether you are able to own a home of your own.”

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