Richmond's millennials reach a homeownership milestone
They did it. Millennial homeowners finally outnumbered millennial renters for the first time last year — and Richmond saw the largest gains in homeownership in the country for this generation.
Driving the news: Nearly 52% of the people born from 1981 to 1996 were homeowners in 2022 and made the largest ownership gains of any generation in the last five years, per a new RentCafe report.
- In Richmond, 58.3% of millennials were homeowners last year.
Why it matters: Millennials' adulthood has been marked by the economic uncertainty of the Great Recession, high student loans and a pandemic.
- Plus, there was the occasional Australian billionaire turning up on television to attribute their financial woes to overspending on avocado toast.
Yes, but: Delaying moving away from home, parental help with down payments and reaping significant income increases during the pandemic — up 44% last year compared to five years earlier — helped millennials achieve the milestone, RentCafe noted in its report.
Still, the largest generation managed to cross the majority homeownership threshold amid a notoriously tight real estate market.
By the numbers: Nationwide, the number of millennial homeowners increased by 7.1 million between 2017 and 2022 to 18.2 million, a 64% increase.
Zoom in: But of the top 50 metros in the country, Richmond saw the largest gain in the number of millennial owners in the last five years — a 234% increase between 2017 and 2022.
- Millennial renters increased by 3% in the same period.
What they're saying: "[Richmond's] funky, hipster reputation and cost of living below the state and national averages were two of the main reasons that drew in millennials looking to buy a home," RentCafe wrote.
Meanwhile, Richmond Boomers and Gen Xers saw increases in renters:
- The share of Boomers renting in Richmond went up by 35% over the last five years.
- Gen X Richmond renters increased by 134%.
Be smart: Home prices have been on the decline, with prices falling in January for the seventh consecutive month, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller data, Axios’ Nathan Bomey reports.
- But single-family home prices in Richmond were still up 7% from a year earlier.
Go deeper: Millennial homeowners outnumber renters for the first time.
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