Millennials Are Buying Homes. And Selling Them, Too!
Ohan Antebian

Ohan Antebian

Oct 11, 2018

Home Selling | millennials

It’s encouraging that the younger generation can now buy homes. But what about selling homes, are any entering that stage? Turns out they are, according to The National Association of Realtors.

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Millennials buying and selling homes is good news for the industry. However, earlier this decade, Millenials were somewhat of a thorn in the side of the real estate industry. “Millennials Don’t Believe In Homeownership” and “Millennials Aren’t Buying Homes” were some of the headlines coming from real estate industry trade groups from the 2010s and up.

The Millennial Mindset

What Realtors failed to grasp at the time, was time itself. Millennials were simply victims of horrible timing, mostly due to the aftermath and recovery of the Great Recession of 2008.

To help better illustrate this point, consider this broad view of an average Millennial ten years ago: You’re 22 years old and probably just graduated from college. You also most likely graduated with a ton of student loan debt to go with that degree. And it’s 2008, so you’re just about to witness the second most devastating economic plunge in American history.

The stock market crashes, the housing market tanks, spending ceases, confidence dies and so on and so on. Many Millennials even watched their parents lose their homes or go bankrupt. It was a brutal time economically, to say the least.

Fast forward a few years later. You’re in your mid to late 20s, you finally get a “real” job, but you’re still saddled with student loan debt, and the recession is still fresh in your rearview mirror. And people are complaining because you’re not buying a house?!

Millennials In The Housing Market

Well, time and timing have finally caught up and come around for Millennials, aka “first-time homebuyers.”  A recent article from the Urban Institute, which breaks down data regarding the real estate market and related issues, declares that first-time buyers have made up the majority of homebuyers in the last ten years.

This makes sense, because Millennials are entering the time in their life when they need a home, and the economy has bounced back in a major way. Even though rising prices can be a speed bump, this perfect storm of circumstances has led to an increase in Millennials’ buying power.

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Millennials Are Selling Homes, Too

It’s encouraging that the younger generation can now buy homes. But what about selling homes, are any entering that stage? Turns out they are, according to The National Association of Realtors.

The NAR 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report reveal that nationwide, Millennials make up 20% of home sellers.

Now, one out of five may not appear to be a huge number, but when you compare it to the other generational groups, they’re almost average:

  • Millennials, age 37 and under, make up 20% of home sellers
  • Gen X, age 38-52, make up 25% of home sellers
  • Young Boomers, age 53-62 make up 23% of home sellers
  • Older Boomers, age 63-71, make up 22% of home sellers
  • Silent Generation, age 72-92, make 10% of home sellers Provides Millennial Home Sellers What They Want—Options!

As Millennials become home buyers, they also become home sellers. How will this affect the selling side of real estate?

As home sellers, the Millennial generation is going to want options. is here to help home sellers with info, tips and plenty of selling options. After taking our free Home Seller IQ quiz, we’ll show you personalized recommendations for selling your home.

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