home ownership

A Popular Bridge to Homeownership for Younger Buyers

Even though millennials had the largest increase in homeownership rate among all age groups in 2017, many would-be buyers continue to feel stuck on the sidelines because of the limited number of entry-level homes.

Most builders know there’s strong demand for entry-level homes, but the rising costs of construction are making it much more challenging to generate large enough margins to build smaller, single-family detached homes.

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Millennial Home Buyers Send a Chill Through Rental Markets

Rising homeownership is adding to the jitters in the residential rental market, which has slumped recently after a long stretch near the top of the commercial real-estate industry.

For most of the current economic expansion, declining ownership rates have enabled landlords of apartments and single-family homes to raise rents far faster than the pace of inflation. Demand has been fueled by the millions of people who haven’t had the money, credit or desire to pursue the traditional American dream.

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