Uptick in U.S. Housing Confidence Driven by an Unlikely Generation

Posted by Bonnie Martin Designated Broker on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 9:54am.

menhouse_sellingpix_450zillow.com - As the housing recovery continues, Americans are growing more confident in the housing market in general. And that confidence comes in part from a potentially surprising source: millennial renters, who to date have been perceived by many as largely uninterested in and/or unable to attain homeownership.

But even as younger renters express a strong desire to one day buy a home, the question remains if they will be able to just yet, as difficult buying conditions persist. Millennial renters (aged 18-34) often have a lot of student debt and pay very high rents in many of the nation’s largest cities, which can make saving for a down payment difficult. In addition, the inventory of the least expensive, entry-level homes is also tight, according to Zillow’s August Real Estate Market Reports.

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