Home Buying Preference Of Echo Boomers/Generation Y

By: Real Estate Advisor

Home buying preferences of large demographic groups have a lasting influence on the housing market. The impact of Generation Y or echo boomers - the people born in the United Stats between 1981 and 1999, on the housing market is undeniable. With the echo boomers now coming of age and buying homes, their home buying preferences have assumed greater importance. This article is a brief summary of the home buying preferences of people born between 1981 and 1999.

According to industry experts in the recently held Urban Land Institute (ULI) annual fall meeting in Denver, Gen-Y homebuyers do not prefer a home in the suburbs like their baby boomer parents did. Echo boomers do not want to limit themselves to major metros. Instead, Gen Y buyers are more likely to be drawn to urban infill locations. Moreover, Gen Y homebuyers want to live in culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods.

According to Gadi Kaufmann, Managing Director and CEO of Robert Charles Lesser & Co., a Maryland firm that focuses on real estate trends, echo boomers increasingly gravitate to more affordable second tier and third tier cities if they are well-provided with enough entertainment and recreational amenities.

The coming decades are likely to witness more high-rise housing in an increasing number of small cities to accommodate the housing needs of the echo boomers. People born between 1981 and 1999 are more likely to be attracted toward home designs that emphasize bright, open spaces, with plenty of windows and those that offer flexible use of rooms and spaces.

Wireless Internet access is indispensable for this "most connected generation". Since the echo boomers are an environmentally conscious lot, this generation prefers homes that have incorporated green building features. This could have a positive influence on the green home market and is indicative of future trends that have considerable growth potential for green housing.

Unlike baby boomers who were home owners at a much earlier age, home ownership could be possibly delayed among people born between 1981 and 1999, just as they are putting off until a later age other commitments such as marriage and childbirth.

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