Find a New Home for Your Next Life Chapter

Visualize the initial place you resided as a young adult. Now, picture attempting to accommodate your current lifestyle into that same space. Not a pleasant thought, is it?

For many of us, our housing requirements evolve over time. A young independent adult may find liberation and adaptability even in a small apartment. However, that same space would feel confining to a growing family. To empty nesters, a large house with numerous unused rooms could become inefficient to maintain. It's common for life changes to prompt a home purchase.

Although your home-buying journey may differ from your neighbors' or friends', understanding general patterns can guide you during your search. Nobody wants to regret their home purchase, so taking the time now to contemplate your exact needs can prevent future disappointments.


The Newlywed or Partnered Duo

Throughout history, the financial and legal commitment of marriage has often led to homeownership. Nowadays, more couples are purchasing homes without getting married. Recent demographic shifts have pushed the median age for first marriages and home purchases into the late 20s and early 30s, placing most newlywed or partnered buyers within the millennial generation. Regardless of age, there are crucial considerations to ponder as you embark on your first home purchase together.


Affordability is Crucial

There is a prevailing sentiment among many millennials that the challenges of high student loan debt and economic downturns have made homeownership seem out of reach. This struggle is not limited to millennials alone; individuals of all ages in America are contending with financial obstacles and a competitive housing market. However, entering the housing market may be more feasible than anticipated, particularly given the current low mortgage rates.

Rather than waiting for their ideal home, embracing the concept of a starter home can provide numerous opportunities. The majority of first-time homebuyers opt for homes around 1,600 square feet in their 20s, with the average size increasing to approximately 1,900 square feet for buyers in their 30s. It is not until buyers are in their 40s that the average home size exceeds 2,000 square feet.

Choosing a starter home wisely can serve as a valuable investment and a foundation for your future endeavors. By focusing on purchasing a home within your financial means that also has potential for appreciation, you can accrue equity while saving for the future, enabling you to upgrade to a larger home if circumstances change.


Capitalizing on Favorable Mortgage Rates

Given the historically low mortgage rates, now is an opportune moment to buy your first home. A lower interest rate could lead to substantial savings throughout the loan term, allowing you to afford a higher-quality home.

In cases where both partners have suboptimal credit scores, there are still viable options. Improving a credit score can be simpler than expected, such as by reducing credit card balances to less than 30% of the limit. If this approach falls short, one solution could involve applying for the mortgage solely in the name of the partner with the stronger credit score. Nevertheless, securing a mortgage based on a single income will likely reduce the amount you qualify for. If you pursue this path, ensure you comprehend the legal and financial ramifications for both parties in case the relationship ends.


Commute and Lifestyle Considerations

Living together involves compromises, whether you've shared a rental for years or are moving in together for the first time. Identifying certain home features now can make life easier in the future. Factors like the number of bathrooms, closet space availability, and kitchen layout can significantly impact your daily life and relationship.

Your home's location plays a vital role in your quality of life. Consider your commuting needs and ensure the community aligns with both of your interests and hobbies, whether it's museums or hiking. If you need help finding the perfect neighborhood within your budget, we can connect you with great options offering a mix of amenities and affordability.


Lifestyle Considerations

For many families, living space is crucial. Having a finished basement or a rec room becomes valuable when teenagers crave space to socialize. A well-thought-out layout can simplify family life. For instance, an open plan is ideal for cooking dinner while keeping an eye on young kids in the living room. Ensure the home has enough bedrooms and bathrooms if you plan to expand your family.



Consider how each room will fit into your daily routine. Will you be stocking up to feed hungry teenagers? A pantry might be essential. Anticipating loads of laundry? A well-designed laundry room can make the task more manageable. Envision a typical day of chores to prioritize features that matter most.

It's unlikely to find every nice-to-have in one home, so identifying must-haves is crucial. We can assist you in evaluating your options and determining what is realistic within your budget.


The Empty Nesters

When discussing empty nesters, downsizing often comes to mind. With kids out of the house, extra space can become more of a burden than a benefit. While younger buyers typically upgrade to larger homes, those over 55 often opt for smaller or similarly sized but more affordable homes. Even in older age groups, most home purchases are in the single-family category. Research shows that by their 70s, the median home size for buyers is around 1,750 square feet. Empty nesters have more to consider beyond square footage.


Maintenance and Livability

  • Consider the driving factors behind your decision to move early in the process to streamline your search.
  • Determine if you want space for a garden or prefer to avoid lawn care.
  • Evaluate home maintenance needs; newer homes generally require less maintenance and smaller ones take less time to clean.
  • Explore townhomes, condos, or other living options that require less upkeep.


Lifestyle Considerations

  • For many empty nesters approaching retirement, moving presents an opportunity to pursue long-awaited hobbies and passions.
  • Choose a home that aligns with your desired lifestyle, whether it involves living near a golf course, beach, or a vibrant downtown.
  • Prioritize living in proximity to a supportive community of friends and family to enhance your quality of life.


Ability to Age in Place

  • When looking for a retirement home, prioritize accessibility, such as a single-story layout or adaptable spaces on the first floor.
  • Consider the location for easy access to necessities like grocery stores and healthcare facilities.
  • Planning for aging in place now can make long-term home staying more practical.


Finding the Right Home for Right Now

  • Housing needs evolve with life stages, and the average homeownership duration is around 13 years in the US.
  • Regularly assess your housing options to ensure they align with your changing life circumstances.
  • Seek guidance from Tony, Madeira's First Realtor and NAR member, to navigate the local market effectively and find the perfect home for your current needs.
  • Tony is committed to upholding the Fair Housing Act and providing equal opportunity housing.


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