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Aug 31, 2014 3:56PM
I had to laugh at the section about how young people replace and not repair. They'll spend 1500 on an i-whatever but not 100 bucks for some basic hand tools because they don't know how to use them.  Then they complain online about how they got ripped of by a contractor just trying to make an honest buck  
Jul 16, 2014 6:21PM
Of course these are the things that the young buyers want.  Stating the obvious .  The problem is that the economy is horrible.  Big open floor plan.  Updated kitchens. Great location.  Sure.   Why didn't they add a four car garage and a fire place. Maybe even a pool.   Oh.  That's right.  No good jobs
Jul 16, 2014 5:37AM
They forgot the third, most populous group: the unemployed/underemployed slackers who wasted four years getting a useless degree and @ss-deep in debt still living in Mommy's spare bedroom.
Jul 16, 2014 4:56AM
Why do they always ignore price?  What the vast majority of buyers will buy is something they can actually AFFORD.  People may want many things, but if the price is too high they won't buy.

If a house has any of the things on this list and the price is higher than a similar house (same location, size, etc.) that doesn't and the price is higher, most people will buy the house without the "extras."

May 31, 2014 2:30AM

So many Millenials and Gen Xers are being taken out of the house buying game, these days.

I'm reading this and laughing, because while these points are salient...the buyers may be unattainable even after all that work if the Democrats and Republicans continue to enable the Banks to take away Millenial & Gen X houses if our income happens to fall , and even though the credit scores are Very Good or Excellent, the payments never late and even ahead on principal...

Right now, if the banks want to foreclose on a customer...they will. No problem...

May 22, 2014 6:20AM
 I am 50 and my house is 1000 sq ft and sits on a 1/4 acre lot and it is more than enough for me but if you ever watch House Hunters or Property Virgins and these young people (as the article refers to) always seem to want more house (with all the upgrades) than they can afford and are stretching their budget to the max  to buy it. 
Mar 5, 2014 1:52AM
Brands that started to market themself in front of millenial generation will earn on the long term. If your current target is getting old, your brand is getting old. If you are a real estate agent trying to get more leads and exposure, you should definetly be on websites like point2homes.com (point2), zillow or trulia. 
Another badly written MSN article who can't even get the generation right that they're writing about. Nobody is going to want to sell to Millenials even if they have the money. I'm on the tale end of Gen X and they're not even having much luck in getting homes.
Mar 1, 2014 10:01AM
Mar 1, 2014 4:13AM

These Gen Xers have just found out a house is no longer necessary now that the income has dipped below $50,000 K per year. Took a long time of skipping groceries and trying to wrangle with the bank, the backer and the Politicians before the final small amount of fifteen years of mandatory as a condition to employment overtime was removed from the pay check.

Yep. Everyone, you heard me correctly. A house is not necessary. They are a lot of hard work, especially the houses targeted to first time buyers. Two things tripped us up with this less than <$900 sq foot, seventy-seven year old house...

1. Energy bills due to a lack of outside wall insulation.

2. We were talked out of a 20% downpayment. I would like to go back and kick myself for that decision. But, we assumed the walls were insulated and had no idea the energy costs associated with such a lack.

This year, the Polar Vortex is ripping the house apart. So, it seems even bad luck can be good luck, sometimes. Good-bye lead paint and mold! (Although, I'm happy to report, tea tree oil is very good for cleaning and preventing outbreaks of mold. But mold is sneaky, it ate the paint which is now peeling. Sigh.)

Deed in Lieu, and those who would not help when it was time to do so, can sell the house for us.

Feb 26, 2014 7:59AM
The average home buyer is 41 years old. That places them in Gen X, not Millenials. The latter are the ones who can't find jobs and have amassed a sizable debt from college. Why would anyone want to "woo" this group when they aren't buying homes?

Gen X and Boomers are the ones who are buying homes. Boomers are the ones with money. Give the millenials another decade, then focus on them.
Feb 23, 2014 6:59AM
I don't think this list applies to just Generation x..I am 62 years old, and I would like all those things in a home, these are just the trends in homes now.  

Feb 23, 2014 6:36AM
I don't agree with most of this list.  I would like an older home as original as possible, something older than 1950s.  With everyone tearing up old homes to make them open floor plan and granite/stainless steel it is near impossible to find.
Feb 23, 2014 4:42AM
Sounds like they want something for nothing.
Feb 23, 2014 4:38AM
Turnkey?  Little or now work?  They better be prepared to pay big money for the house.  Every house that I have ever bought needed work.  Gen X that I know haven't got a clue what a tool is, but can phone text like lightning....
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