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She makes gluten-free bread in their basement.
Their budget: $3.2 million
Young people and first-time homebuyers aren’t thrilled with the housing market at the moment.
Prices are skyrocketing in many places. There are bidding wars galore. Houses are going for way more than asking prices all over the place. It’s certainly not a buyer’s market at the exact time many young people find themselves becoming a buyer.
But what if young people are unhappy with the housing market because their expectations are too high? What if our tastes have simply become too expensive?
A podcast listener recently sent the following email:
It seems like a lot of my millennial peers are striving to live TODAY like their boomer parents live now at the end of their careers. Now that I’ve noticed it, I feel like I can’t unsee it.
Prime example: people are not just skipping starter homes (I know Ben is a fan of this), they’re skipping straight to the ultra-high end forever-homes. I can’t tell you how many 30-somethings homes that I’ve visited who really have no place for improvement. They’re perfect.
When my parent’s built their home (that they still live in) in the 1990s, they had a mortgage interest rate of 8.5%. Prices may have been lower but they got crushed at the bank. They still built.
They just installed carpet instead of hardwoods, linoleum countertops instead of granite, and none of the rooms had any crown molding or decorative embellishments. All of these upgrades have since been made over time.
I think they may be onto something here.
When I was growing up in the 1990s I don’t remember anyone having what we would consider a “nice” house today.
No open floor plans. No good spots to entertain. No granite countertops. No tile backsplashes. No crown molding. No wainscoting. No magnificent bathrooms. No stainless steel appliances.
I blame HGTV.
Think about it. HGTV is like Instagram. Just like you can view other people’s wonderful lives on social media all day long you can now look at all of the wonderful homes outfitted by the likes of Chip and Joanna on HGTV.
If you’re in the market for a home you’ve almost certainly been watching House Hunters, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop and Property Brothers for hours on end. Watch enough of these shows and it begins to feel like a given we should all live in houses with modern barn doors, giant kitchen islands and heated bathroom tiled floors.
In a way this is progress. People expect nicer things these days. This is what happens.
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