Co-Borrowers Account For 23% Of Single Family Loans

ATTOM Data Solutions found that more than 2 million (2,033,296) loans were originated on U.S. residential properties (1 to 4 units) in the second quarter of 2017, up 27 percent from a three-year low in the previous quarter but still down 12 percent from Q2 2016.

The loan origination report is derived from publicly recorded mortgages and deeds of trust collected by ATTOM Data Solutions in more than 1,700 counties accounting for more than 87 percent of the U.S. population. Counts and dollar volumes for the most recent quarter are projected based on available data at the time of the report (see full methodology below).

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The report also found that 22.8 percent of all purchase loan originations on single family homes in Q2 2017 involved co-borrowers — multiple, non-married borrowers listed on the mortgage or deed of trust — up from 21.3 percent in the previous quarter and up from 20.5 percent in Q2 2016.

“Homebuyers are increasingly relying on co-borrowers to help with home purchases, particularly in high-priced markets where sizable down payments are necessary to compete,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. “This rising trend in co-borrowing is helping to eke out increases in purchase loan originations despite affordability and supply constraints.”

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Highest share of co-borrowers in San Jose, Seattle, Southern California and Portland

Among 42 cities with at least 1,500 purchase loan originations on single family homes in the second quarter, those with the highest share of co-borrowers were San Jose, California (50.9 percent); Miami, Florida (45.2 percent); Seattle, Washington (39.1 percent); the Southern California cities of Los Angeles (31.1 percent) and San Diego (29.4 percent); and Portland, Oregon (28.8 percent).

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“Climbing home prices are forcing more and more borrowers to consider other options, such as leveraging a parent’s credit, in order to qualify to buy,” said Matthew Gardner, chief economist at Windermere Real Estate, covering the Seattle market. “Given the ongoing concerns about the emergence of another housing bubble, it was encouraging to see that Seattle has the tenth highest average down payment in the U.S. at 14 percent. Such substantial down payments can act as a cushion in the unlikely event that home prices start to reverse the substantial gains that we’ve seen over the past several years.”

Cities with the lowest share of co-borrowers in the second quarter were Memphis, Tennessee (10.3 percent); Mesa, Arizona (12.5 percent); Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (14.2 percent); Gilbert, Arizona (14.4 percent); and Henderson, Nevada (15.1 percent).