Advanced Adulting - Millennial First-time Home Buyer

by Karen Briscoe
May 8, 2019

Millennials are entering their first-time home buying years in droves.  Our daughter Callie who is in her mid-twenties purchased her first home in Austin 3 years ago.  On closing day her Facebook caption was that she hit another “adulting” checkpoint. It seems “adulting” has become a buzzword amongst millennials.  Urban dictionary defines “adulting” as a verb:   to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.  

The chain of events that led to this decision for Callie began when I was visiting her in Austin earlier that spring.  She shared that she was tired of paying rent and not having anything to show for it.  Quickly she came to the conclusion that she could either pay her landlord's mortgage or she could pay her own.  

The next step was to find out how much she could qualify to purchase on her income.  Like many millennial parents, we took an active role in the adulting of our offspring. In this case we contributed to the down payment which enabled her to afford more and buy well.  In the same way we had helped her brother purchase a condo on Capitol Hill in DC a few years previous.  This really isn’t unusual, our parents helped my husband and I over 30 years ago when we were newlyweds.  The transfer of wealth by means of the parental generation helping the next purchase real estate is an age-old story.  

Millennials are mostly the offspring of the baby boomer generation and soon will overpass that demographic in terms of size. The baby boomers represent those persons born between 1946 and 1964. The millennials represent those born from 1982 to 2000 with the historic timing of the new millennium. According to US Census data, the millennials stand at a population count of 83.1 million which is 9 million more than that of the current baby boomers of 74.1.  https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-113.html

There is a tsunami of potential first-time home buyers out there.  The responsibility of becoming a mortgage-paying adult is part of the metamorphism from child and adolescent to full launch as a self-supporting citizen.  As millennials check off the adulting steps of graduation, steady income, oftentimes ownership of a dog or pet, sometimes in a committed relationship, and plans to stay in place three to five years, many will seek to make home ownership as part of their journey. 

The team of agents at HBC Group at Keller Williams would be delighted to help make the American dream come true for the millennial generation!   Please reach out at: www.HBCGroupKW.com, 703-734-0192, Homes@HBCGroupKW.com.

Karen Briscoe is a partner of the Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group (HBC). The HBC Realty Group has been named to the Wall Street Journal Top Realtor® Team List. Over the years, the group has sold over 1,000 homes valued at over $1 billion...
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