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Caroline Porter / September 30, 2013
More Demanding Jobs, Coupled With Recession, Have Postponed Young Americans’ Entry Into Workforce, According to New Report
The on-ramp to adulthood is delayed and harder to reach for young people today, a reality that is changing the country’s society and economy, according to a new report.
More demanding job requirements, coupled with the pressures of the recession, have delayed the transition to adulthood for young people in the past decade and earned them the title of “the new lost generation,” according to the report from the Georgetown University CenterRead More
Kyle Stock / Bloomberg/BusinessWeek / July 26, 2013
What a difference a percentage point makes. A slight rise in U.S. mortgage rates—the average for a 30-year fixed mortgage inched from about 3.3 percent in May to 4.3 percent this week—is spooking would-be home buyers and complicating forecasts for builders. Much to the agony of those builders, younger consumers appear transfixed by the shockingly low rates of recent years without paying any mind to historical mortgage norms.
Skittish buyers have become more worried about rising rates than they are about surging home prices, according to a new survey from real-estate data company Trulia.Read More
Lauren Schuker Bulm / The Wall Street Journal / July 18, 2013
A new generation is skipping the ‘starter home’ and betting heavily on high-end real estate.
Two years ago, when he was 26, Matt Winter paid a little over $1 million for a four-bedroom, Mediterranean-style house in Culver City, an artsy, formerly industrial section of Los Angeles. This month, the now 28-year-old Mr. Winter, who runs his own interior design firm, paid about $1.7 million for his second home, a three-bedroom, Spanish-revival in Westwood, a neighborhood near UCLA.
“I have always felt that having your money in property is the safest and best thing to do if youRead More
WASHINGTON (July 9, 2013) – Millennials are more confident than any other age group that their recent home purchase was a good financial investment, according to a new study released today. The inaugural 2013 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends evaluated the generational differences of recent home buyers and sellers and found that while eight out of 10 recent buyers considered their home purchase a good financial investment, the number was even higher, 85 percent, for younger buyers under the age of 32.
“Homeownership is an investment in yourRead More
Jean Dimeo / BUILDER / June 14, 2013
Despite witnessing housing’s boom and bust, millennials still see home ownership as a good investment.
If all the national surveys I read are on target, my 18-year-old college-bound twin sons will eventually move out of my house after all. Demographic experts say my kids are a lot more like their grandparents than mom and dad in terms of their spending habits and that they embrace thrift. This is all good news for home builders because this tech-savvy generation—numbering 80 million-plus and expected to be 50 percent of the workforce by 2020—is itching to buy houses.
Although millennials,Read More