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Latinos’ resiliency is putting the community on track to wealth, according to recent NAHREP Report

The 2021 State of Hispanic Wealth Report was released during the third day of the L’ATTITUDE Conference on Oct. 1.

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The Latino community in the United States are on track to reaching — and surpassing — its set goals towards wealth in the next few years. 

That was the conclusion drawn from the 2021 State of Hispanic Wealth Report, released during the third day of the 2021 L’ATTITUDE Conference. 

Established in 2014 by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP®), the Hispanic Wealth Project™ (HWP) was created with the goal of tripling Hispanic median household wealth by 2024.

The initiative was born in the wake of the Great Recession, in which Latinos lost up to two-thirds of their median household wealth. 

To help guide the goal, the HWP outlined three primary areas of focus, along with a series of targeted component goals for building wealth:

  • Increasing homeownership (2024 goal of 50%)
  • Entrepreneurship/Small business ownership and scaling (2024 goal of 400,000 Hispanic-owned employer firms)
  • Savings and investments (2024 goal of 37% of Hispanics owning a retirement account)

According to the report, Latinos are on track to reach the goal of obtaining a $45,450 median household wealth by 2024, and could possibly reach the goal two years ahead of schedule. 

Currently at $36,050, Latinos saw the median household wealth increase by 63.6% between 2016 and 2019, representing the highest wealth increase of all demographics. 

Given the role Latinos play in driving the population, labor force participation, and entrepreneurial growth, the sustained progress of the Latino population’s path toward wealth creation will be a huge factor in the economic fate of the U.S.

The report states that wealth gains are mostly driven by real estate, as residential property values make up 52% of Latino assets, which are driven by both primary residence and investment property ownership.

As of 2019, Latinos have a median of $95,000 in home equity, and between 2016 and 2019, there were 818,000 net new Latino-owner households. This was the highest three-year gain for Latinos since before the Great Recession. 

To the degree of wealth building and creation, Noerena Limon, executive vice president of NAHREP, noted the value age plays in this development.

“You can’t talk about Latinos without talking about how they’re so young,” she said. 

With a median age of 29.8, Latinos are several years younger than the prime wealth building years.

According to statistics from the Federal Reserve, Latino household wealth comes primarily from home equity (33%), business equity (14%) and retirement accounts (15%). 

However, one of the most prominent ways the Latino community has made its progress building wealth is through entrepreneurship.  

The report states that self-employed Latinos have a median net worth of $174,920, five times more than Latinos overall. Beyond that, self-employed Latinos with business equity have a net worth of $314,380, nearly nine times the wealth of Latinos overall. 

The growth of Latina-owned employer businesses accounted for 93% of the growth in women-owned employer businesses between 2017 and 2018, employing nearly 700,000 people. 

Latina-owned businesses overall grew faster than the national average in over 80% of U.S. states and in 13 out of 15 industry sectors where Latinos do business.

However, Latino business owners are also 60% less likely to be approved for a business loan than their non-Hispanic White counterparts. 

Despite challenges, Latinos still remain on track to reach the goals set by the HWP in the next few years. 

Through real estate purchases, entrepreneurial endeavors, retirement, savings and investments, Latinos will be huge catalysts for the success of the U.S. economy moving forward. 

To read the full 2021 State of Hispanic Wealth Report, click here

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