In a recent article by Realtor Magazine, Mark Fleming, Chief Economist of First American Financial Corporation, notes,
"The largest group of millennials by birth year will turn 30 in 2020, which puts them entering their price home buying years".
The article continues to describe how millennials have more buying-power than the generations that preceded them, making their interest in embracing home ownership stronger than ever,
"Millennials - the most educated generation - have the highest incomes across their generational cohorts, even when salaries are adjusted for inflation."
This combination of power and desire has the potential to drive positive growth in the home ownership rate heading into the near future. According to Fleming,
"The gap between the potential and actual home ownership in 2018 narrowed slightly as the growth in home ownership modestly exceeded the increase in potential demand," he says, citing First American's Home Ownership Progress Index.
"We expect the home ownership rate to further close the gap with potential in the years ahead as millennials continue to make important decisions, such as attaining an education and, later in life, getting married and having children."
That said, the shortage of sellable inventory in the entry and mid-range levels that's attractive to potential millennial buyers may be a contributing factor as to why many millennials haven't yet purchased a home. According to another recent report citing Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic,
"Lower rates are certainly making it more affordable to buy homes and millennial buyers are entering the market with increasing force. These positive demand drivers, which are occurring against a backdrop of persistent shortages in housing stock, are the major drivers for higher home prices, which will likely continue to rise for the foreseeable future."
With millennials aging-up into mortgage-ready and home-buying territory, along with their strong buying interest and buying power, this generation is poised and ready to have positive impact on home ownership rates across the country. Many of them just need to find a home they're excited to buy in this competitive end of the market.
If you're thinking of selling, reach out to me to determine if now is a great time for you to list your house and move-up. More millennials are getting ready to jump into the market and join the ranks of home ownership, so demand for homes in the starter and mid-level range will continue to be strong.