Industry Trends5 min

Home Buying Habits of Millennials

New research from the National Association of Home Builders points to the home buying habits of millennials, the children of Baby Boomers and Gen Xers born between 1981 and 1996. According to the data, this age group tends toward purchasing homes that are older, smaller and less expensive than homes bought by older generations.

As the youngest group of buyers in the market with very little to possibly no accumulation of wealth, most millennials who buy homes are buying for the first time in their lives. In fact, three out of four millennials who bought a home in 2014 were first-time buyers, while the remaining quarter traded in their current home.

The research also shows that less than nine percent of millennials purchased a new home in the past year, while 12 percent of older home buyers bought brand new homes. Furthermore, more than two-thirds of millennial home buyers purchased single-family detached properties. Still, the millennial generation showed a slightly higher preference for multifamily condominiums than older home buyers. Almost nine percent of millennial buyers purchased a multifamily property while less than six percent of older home buyers fell into this category.

Read the full article from NAHB here.


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Industry Trends6 min

Where the Construction Labor Shortage Is Most Severe

According to the latest American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, about 4 million people now work in residential construction (both single-family and multifamily) – down from the 5 million who were employed just before the Great Recession. Although the workforce has shrunk by 20 percent nationwide, some parts of the country are experiencing less pain than others. Similarly, light commercial construction has been reportedly back on the rise post-Recession, with IBISWorld reporting that the recovery started just before 2014 and continuing steadily through 2019 (source).

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A Commitment to Product Availability

It’s frustrating when factors outside of your control cause you delays or unexpected expenses during a project. Those factors could be weather delays, insufficient staffing, breakdowns in cash flow and unreliable product availability. LP devotes significant resources each year to ensure that its product availability is second to none. Because even the most innovative building solution is useless to customers unless they know that it’s available when they really need it.

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Why You Should Rely On Data Rather Than Instinct

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