How Millennials are changing the housing and real estate market

Posted by Louise Scoggins on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 8:47am.

How Millennials are changing the housing and real estate market

MillennialsMore and more Millennials are looking to purchase a home, and Millennials now represent 32 percent of homebuyers, which is the largest portion of homebuyers in the market. According to Austin Hale, a Millennial product manager for a real estate investment software company “Millennials present an entirely new dynamic in the real estate market. They’re much more likely to rent, to congregate in urban areas, and to be cautious when taking on debt.”

The purchasing habits and lifestyle changes of Millennials are altering the real estate market. The following are ways that Millennials are altering the way that the housing and real estate market operate.

Millennials have a preference for renting

Although Millennials make up the highest percentage of homebuyers, the majority of them prefer to rent. They favor renting for multiple reasons, one of these being that Millennials wish to have the option of being able to pick up and go when they want. They prefer the freedom with less commitment which is what renting provides. Also, it has been noted that 10 percent of Millennials don’t feel ready to manage a property. Instead, they want a landlord to take care of maintenance and other issues that may arise.

Millennials are known for wanting as little commitment as possible therefore they are more likely to buy entry real estate such as condos so that they have the option to rent it out if they move away.

Millennials explore for themselves

Millennials are not seeking a broker to help them find a home instead they are finding homes on their own. Nearly 50 percent of Millennials found homes online through the internet and, 31 percent found homes through an agent. Almost, all Millennials will seek a real estate agent or broker when they finally decide to purchase a home, and they prioritize those with websites, images, interactive maps, and reviews.

Millennials prefer small spaces

Instead of looking for extravagant large homes, Millennials are seeking smaller more efficient spaces. Many Millennials prefer minimalist living, fewer personal items, and household objects. It provides them with the flexibility and financial stability they desire. They also value energy efficient appliances to help keep their bills and their carbon footprint as low as possible. Small spaces allow Millennials to see their home as a temporary base and not necessarily somewhere they will reside for an extended period.

Millennials do not hunt for real estate agents

Most Millennials will not shop or even hunt for a real estate agent. Instead, they will seek recommendations from friends or relatives. On average, 72 percent of millennial homebuyers will only contact one agent, and many won’t follow through with an agent at all.

About The Author
While I am not a native Georgian, I have lived in Atlanta since 1991. I was born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, then relocated halfway across the world when my family decided to open a business here in the United States. I have lived in the Atlanta metro area since coming to the States and know the area like the back of my hand. I have been licensed and selling Real Estate for over 15 years, and absolutely love my job! I truly enjoy working with people in the quest to sell their current home or purchase the perfect new home they´ve been dreaming of. When I first started my Real Estate career, I worked with one of the highest-producing teams at the largest real estate office in the state of Georgia. While I worked there, I was mentored by an incredible team of successful agents on the "P´s and Q´s" of real estate. It was a wonderful learning experience for me, and ultimately helped me become the dedicated, understanding, and knowledgeable agent that I am today. 

Louise Scoggins
Metro House Hunters, Inc.
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage
Direct: 678-522-4035

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