Sunday, July 21, 2013

20 Somethings Buying More Million $ Homes Than Ever

Real estate brokers say millennials are buying homes — and expensive homes — like never before thanks to wealthy parents and the tech boom, Wall Street Journal's Lauren Schuker Blum reports. The younger generation also thinks houses are a safer investment than the stock market.


"In the last two months, half the folks I sold homes to were young entrepreneurial types — and they were all buying homes for over a million dollars," Washington D.C.'s Michael Rankin of TTR Sotheby's International Realty tells WSJ. He says those kinds of buyers didn't exist a few years ago. Rankin and other real estate professionals are seeing more clients skipping starter homes and condos altogether for sprawling houses. The tech boom is largely to thank. 
Brokers
 say many of the young buyers today have made money during the IPOs of technology companies such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, or they have profited by starting their own companies," Blum writes. She cites one Facebook employee who moved from a rented 800-square-foot apartment to a $7 million 9,000 square-foot-home. A former Facebooker, Rick Armbruso, who is now 33, purchased a $1.2 million, 2,000-square foot home 2.5 years ago.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/millenials-invest-in-real-estate-2013-7#ixzz2Zdo44XtG



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