The CFPB Reports Mortgage Debt Key Factor in Increasing Levels of Debt Among Older Americans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been tracking the increasing levels of debt among older Americans. They found that older homeowners are now carrying more mortgage debt than ever before. For many of the roughly 4.4 million retired homeowners with mortgages, making monthly mortgage payments on a fixed income on top of other monthly expenses is a hardship. They also found...

 

  • In general, older consumers carry more debt, including mortgage, credit card, and even student loan debt, into their retirement years than in previous decades.
  • Mortgage debt, the largest debt that older consumers carry, is the key driver of this trend. Today, compared to a decade ago, fewer older homeowners own their home outright.
  • Today, fewer older homeowners own their homes free and clear. The share of homeowners with a mortgage increased from 22 to 30 percent between 2001 and 2011. 
  • The total median value of the mortgage debt also increased from approximately $43,400 to $79,000. 

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