The U.S. real estate market is currently experiencing the worst inventory deficiency in 20 years, which can be attributed to two primary reasons – boomers' reluctance to sell and homes fitting current family needs, according to new data from the realtor.comHousing Shortage Study.
According to the results, approximately 59 percent of respondents are not planning to sell their home in the next year, with nearly 35 percent planning to sell, and nearly 6 percent unsure. Taking a look at age segments of those with plans to sell next year reveals 60 percent of these potential sellers are millennials who are selling to move to a larger home (25 percent), or one with nicer features (24 percent).
Breaking down those not planning to sell by age points toward one significant contributor to the housing shortage – 85 percent of baby boomers surveyed indicated they are not planning to sell their home in the next year. Homeownership among boomers, at 78 percent, is nearly twice as high as millennials, at 41 percent. As boomers decide to stay put so are approximately 33 million properties, many of which are urban condos or suburban single-family homes – the most popular choices for millennials.
When those with no plans to sell were asked why they wanted to stay put, approximately 63 percent indicated their current home meets the needs of their family. The other most popular reasons include low interest rates (16 percent), recently purchasing their home (15 percent), needing to make home improvements and low property taxes (each cited by approximately 13 percent of respondents).