Millennials are entering the home-buying market en masse, shedding their title of the “renter generation” as they reach new life milestones, with 4.8 million millennials turning 30 in 2021. And they’re increasingly relying on wealth transfers, according to real estate agents.
“Most millennials are utilizing a transfer of wealth from their parents, grandparents, or a relative to purchase property. And even when parents are buying, their millennial kids are often the ones making the decisions because it’ll be theirs one day,” says Jonathan Spears, agent, Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty, based in Destin, Florida.
Nearly US$70 trillion will be passed down from older generations between 2018 and 2042, according to data from market-research firm Cerulli Associates, and more millennials continue to use their share for real estate, with home showings becoming more of a family affair.
Spears says baby boomer–aged buyers are bringing their millennial kids to showings and having them ultimately make the purchasing decision. They factor in attractive features such as developments that include community pools, tennis courts, and other amenities fit for remote-work life, in addition to proximity to towns and entertainment.
The number of young adults aged 25 to 34 purchasing homes with a co-borrower aged 55 and up has increased since 1994, according to a survey from Freddie Mac’s portfolio of purchase loans. While 1.3% of young adult first-time home buyers listed adults over 55 as co-borrowers in 1994, that number increased to 3.2% in 2018.