Ryan Pulaski and Becky Tintor are eager to find a three-bedroom house in a place like Lockport, Cheektowaga or Hamburg. The couple has been living for several years with Tintor’s mother in Cheektowaga, paying a discounted rent. That’s allowed them to save money, putting about $800 a month into a bank account for a future down payment on their first home. “Once you live in an apartment, you realize your money is going to no one. It’s not going to the home,” said Tintor, a special education teacher in Buffalo. “That’s why people my age are stuck in a rut.” What stands out are their ages: Tintor is 25, while Pulaski, a diesel mechanic, is 26. Despite the image of millennials as saddled with student loan debt and preferring to live in downtown apartments in major cities, the generation is now the largest demographic group in the region Buffalo buying houses and taking out mortgages. More than 56 percent of the mortgages in the Buffalo Niagara area are taken out by borrowers age 23 to 38, according to a study from Realtor.com and Move Inc., citing data from Optimal Blue, which runs an online mortgage marketplace. That’s almost double the next… Read full this story
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