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Boomers Hanging On to Houses

FaithFi: Faith & Finance | Feb 28, 2024


Show Notes


  • The current landscape of the housing market is significantly influenced by baby boomers, particularly in terms of home ownership patterns and inventory distribution.
  • A substantial portion of large homes, defined as those with three bedrooms or more, is owned by baby boomers, who are aged between 58 to 76 years old.
  • In contrast, younger generations, including millennials (ages 26 to 41) and Gen Zers (ages 19 to 25), possess a smaller share of large homes, leading to a disparity in housing options.
  • Boomers' ownership status, with many owning homes outright and having little financial incentive to sell, contributes to the limited availability of homes for sale, particularly larger ones suitable for growing families.
  • The disparity in housing ownership between generations underscores the challenges faced by younger individuals and families in accessing affordable and adequately sized housing.



  • Various factors exacerbate the housing challenges experienced by younger generations, including supply chain disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a decrease in new construction and available inventory.
  • Additionally, rising building costs and inflationary pressures have contributed to higher home values, making homeownership less attainable for first-time buyers, especially those without existing equity in their homes.
  • Record-low mortgage rates in recent years have further intensified demand for homes, driving up prices and creating a competitive market environment for prospective buyers.
  • Despite projections for improvements in the housing market in 2024, with expectations of increased inventory and potentially lower mortgage rates, significant disparities persist between the housing opportunities available to different generations.



  • Prospective homebuyers can take proactive steps to prepare for homeownership amid challenging market conditions, including prioritizing debt reduction to improve debt-to-income ratios and credit scores.
  • Saving for a substantial down payment, ideally 20% of the home's purchase price, can help avoid additional costs associated with private mortgage insurance (PMI) and lower monthly mortgage payments.
  • Monitoring credit reports for errors and disputing inaccuracies can contribute to improving credit scores, enhancing eligibility for favorable mortgage rates and terms.
  • When ready to purchase a home, prospective buyers are advised to obtain pre-approval for a mortgage and shop around for the best rates and terms, potentially saving significant sums over the life of the loan.



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