Apr 10, 2024 - News

Empty-nest boomers own 25% of Phoenix's 3-bedroom-plus homes

Share of ownership of large homes by generation and market
Data: Redfin; Chart: Axios Visuals

Empty nesters are hogging Phoenix's family-size homes, according to a recent Redfin report.

Why it matters: "OK Boomer" might sting more when it comes from millennials eyeing the keys to your three-bedroom house.

By the numbers: About a quarter of Valley homes with three or more bedrooms are owned by baby boomers, according to the report.

State of play: The problem for many younger families is that baby boomers don't have much motivation to sell, according to Redfin senior economist Sheharyar Bokhari.

  • Boomers typically have low housing costs, and most of them "are only in their 60s, still young enough that they can take care of themselves and their home without help," Bokhari said in the report.

Reality check: Seniors are still downsizing, sometimes to luxury apartments.

  • Of 1,020 boomers Opendoor surveyed nationwide who plan to sell their home, 85% said they intend to do so in the next three years.

The big picture: Homeowners nationally are holding onto their homes nearly twice as long as they did in 2005, Redfin research shows.

  • Many of those staying put are aging in place. Most baby boomers who own houses are mortgage-free or have a low interest rate, according to the brokerage.

What's next: Many young families are renting single-family houses.

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