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Parents Stepping In to Help Adult Children Buy Homes

With rising home prices, the “bank of mom and dad” has been helping many adult children purchase their first home. More parents reportedly are helping their young adult children buy, whether by co-signing on a mortgage, gifting them money for a down payment, or even buying the property outright for them, Bloomberg reports.

“It has a lot to do with rental prices being so higher,” Becki Danchik, with Coldwell Banker Warburg in New York, told Bloomberg. “They feel like it’s a waste to be throwing away money on rent when they can capitalize on the sales market right now.”

Climbing home prices and mortgage rates above 5% are making entering homeownership more difficult for first-time buyers. Further, housing economists have increasingly been pointing to real estate as a way to soften the blow of 40-year high inflation and the advantages of owning rather than paying high rents.

In big cities, parents are showing greater interest in real estate investments to avoid paying expensive student housing fees, real estate pros say. College students in large metro areas are making up a sizable portion of clients, they say.

“You see interest from people saying, ‘That could be a down payment. I may just as well have an apartment that appreciates,” Ian Slater, a broker at Compass in New York, told Bloomberg about the high prices in student housing.

Financial advisers report an increasing number of ultra-wealthy parents who are seeking advice on purchasing homes for their adult children because of the increased cap in the gift and estate tax exemptions, Bloomberg reports. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has doubled through 2025 the amount that Americans can pass on to their heirs tax-free, to just over $12 million for individuals in 2022, while the gift tax annual exclusion amount increases in 2022 to $16,000.

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