Over the last 12 months, 37% of Coldwell Banker Real Estate real estate sales professionals noted an increase in buyers looking to purchase homes to suite more than one generation of their family, according to a recent Coldwell Banker survey of its network of professionals.
Southern New Hampshire Realtor, Monika McGillicuddy said, “I am seeing the same thing. My adult son lives in an in law apartment attached to my house and my brother in law lives with my mom in law. I think it’s a sign of the times and brings back stories I was told by my parents when they were young and the family all lived together. My grandfather, Uncle & family and Aunt & her family all shared a three family home. Combining resources, helping to baby sit and sharing in the day to day activates. My sister built her home with an in-law in mind.”
The report shows taht 70% of the surveyed agents believe that this trend will continue this year as demand for multi-generational homes rise with financial drivers as the primary reason for families sharing a home. Interestingly, only 29% of agents surveyed said they believe the driving factor to be health care issues.
McGillicuddy also noted, “I’m not sure it will impact vacancy rates here [locally,] as I work in a country setting where apartments are not easy to find. I do think it is getting back to when life was simpler and about saving money more than anything else.”
“While saving money is certainly an incentive for buying a home that accommodates multiple generations, the benefits go beyond just financial reasons,” said Diann Patton, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Consumer Specialist. “With two or three generations living under one roof, families often experience more flexible schedules, quality time with one another and can better juggle childcare and eldercare.”