Millennials are changing the way they buy houses and why they buy the ones they do. The usual path to homeownership and multiple homes was purchasing a single-family home to live in, then purchasing a second property as either an investment or a vacation home. But Millennials are changing it up by going out of order and buying their vacation home first.
Why Are Millennials Buying Vacation Homes First?
One short-term rental platform discovered that millennials make up 40% of vacation homebuyers, an increase of almost 10% compared to 2019. It’s the largest share of any generation! Millennials cite reasons like extra income, building wealth, and having a property to vacation at as reasons why they purchase a vacation home as their first property. They get “the best of both worlds” as they continue to save for a down payment for their live-in home while also having an investment property to help pay the rent and mortgage.
Remote work is a massive factor in this trend as the pandemic forced many workers to work from home. And working from home is an increasingly common work environment for younger Americans. With flexibility over work location, many Millennials seek a new location for vacations and remote work. Hence why vacation homes are taking a priority.
Home prices are another factor as home prices have surged in many cities and metropolitan areas. Buyers consider new regions and locations to purchase a place, like in a rural location. Other living expenses are rising too, especially in popular cities. Homebuyers in high-rent markets use their vacation home as a loophole to avoid high home prices while still investing in real estate.
Why Millennials Should Buy an Investment Property Home in Austin
Austin has ranked as one of the top U.S. cities for remote workers. Austin is known for its warm sunny temperatures and outdoor activities, making it a popular location for Millennials. With popular attractions like Lady Bird, Barton Creek, Lake Travis, and Zilker, there are endless opportunities for outdoor activities to choose from!
It’s also quickly becoming the best city for employers as large entities like Facebook, Apple, Google, Tesla, and Oracle are expanding and relocating to Austin. More employers moving into the city will bring more residents moving for their jobs at these companies. And that means there will be more renters in the market for a home.
Plus, Austin is already the #1 housing market for Millennials. A homebuying platform collected data of the 100 largest metro areas to find the best home markets for Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers. Austin ranked #1 with Millennials and #1 for Gen Xers. The study found that Austin has 40 times more new millennial residents on average compared to the other 99 metros in the study.
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