Dec 19, 2011
Forbes: Young Americans not interested in homeownership
19 Dec 2011
Posted by Andrew Kantor
The headline pretty much says it, but the details are the interesting part. Read “Attitudes of Young Americans Bode Ill for Housing Recovery“.
The lack of assets isn’t the only encumbrance to housing: Echo Boomers value education, people and leisure more than other American generations. Of the Echo Boomers I spoke with, 13% were homeowners, yet less than a third reported interest in owning a home someday (with female Echo Boomers wanting homes more than male Echo Boomers). They preferred graduate degrees, living in social areas (not suburbs) and freedom instead of homeownership. A few of these Echo Boomers will need a decade to pay off their student loans after which another large loan, like a mortgage, might lack appeal. And while suburbs seem to offer community and safety, they also add transportation costs with a lack of social diversity.