Movin’ Out (Of Their Parents’ Basement)

August 18, 2022

Pie chart showing first time home buyers by generation according to a survey of 700+ respondents. Chart subtitle: Millennials have accounted for roughly two-thirds of first-time home buyers since the start of 2021. Chart description: Title of chart reads, "First Time Home Buyers by Generation (2021-2022)." Pie is divided in three slices, with Millennials at 66% in dark orange, Baby Boomers at 18% in orange, and Gen-Z at 16% in light orange. Chart source: Anytime Estimate American Home Buyer Survey; data as of July 2022 and includes responses from 702 respondents who purchased a home for the first time in 2021–2022. End chart description.

A previous Chart of the Week published in April entitled “Buy Land, They’re Not Making It Anymore” discussed the fundamentals driving the domestic housing market, including an increase in home valuations and a decrease in the number of new homes built in the United States over the last decade. Data released this week by Anytime Estimate serves to shed additional light on current housing dynamics. One of the most noteworthy aspects of this report is that millennials accounted for roughly two-thirds of first-time buyers in a survey of more than 700 respondents who purchased a home since the start of 2021. Generally speaking, this is good news for the housing market and pushes back against the notion that individuals in this age demographic have avoided home ownership because they prefer to rent. The bad news, according to the Anytime Estimate survey, is that 72% of buyers since 2021 have regrets about their home purchase, with over one-fifth of all buyers indicating complete dissatisfaction with the process and result. To that point, over 25% of respondents claimed they either spent too much money on their home or bought the home too quickly, not giving the purchase adequate consideration. Additional regrets include buying a “fixer-upper” that requires extensive maintenance (24% of respondents), feeling pressured to make an offer (21% of respondents), and purchasing the home sight unseen (17% of respondents).

Regrets notwithstanding (and jokes about millennials thinking buying a home was as easy as purchasing a slice of avocado toast aside), the results of this survey are largely encouraging. Homes tend to be beneficial investments, so recent purchases could allow millennials to build significant wealth over the coming decades. Additionally, many of these first-time buyers have reason to feel good about their purchases given the fact that they likely financed their homes at record low-interest rates. In recent months, the housing market in the U.S. has cooled substantially, which is evident by a buildup in inventories and a pullback in housing starts. This pullback may serve as a welcome respite for interested buyers in the near term. Marquette will continue to monitor dynamics within the market for housing with the conviction that real estate acts as a strong value-add for investors with long time horizons.

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