As a real estate professional, I often get asked about the biggest demographic group that's currently buying homes.
Well, the answer might surprise you:
In fact, they make up the vast majority of buyers on the market. So, if I want to get these potential buyers off the fence and into homeownership, I need to focus on their motivations, not just on getting more business.
Here are the top three reasons why millennials are buying homes.
1. Millennials want to build equity in their own home instead of building someone else's equity through rent payments.
This is a powerful message that needs to be a part of our marketing campaigns. Have you ever stopped to think that every time you make a rent payment, you're helping someone else build their wealth? What if you could start building wealth for yourself and your family by owning your own home? Homeownership is within everyone's capability, and I can help...
Did you know that more people in America have pets than children? It's true!
20 years ago, 48% of American families had kids at home. Today, that number is down to 40%.
On the other hand, the number of Americans with pets has increased dramatically, from 56% in 1988 to 70% today.
As REALTORS, this information is valuable to us because it affects our conversations with buyers. When talking to potential buyers, we should ask if they have pets and if their pet will impact their home buying decision. Many people will engage in conversation about their pet's needs and how important they are to the family.
But what if we took it a step further and specialized in working with families that have pets or selling homes with pet-friendly features?
This could be a complete differentiator in the market, as it's not a common focus for REALTORS. Sometimes we need to think outside the box to stand out.
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I want you to think about how many homes you sold last year that were your listings. So let's assume you sold 10 listings or five listings. What if I told you that you could take that 10 in times by five and have 50 transactions as a result of those 10 listings? Or if you took five listings, you times out by five and you could have 25 transactions. Does it sound impossible? It's not impossible. It's totally doable. You just gotta rethink how you're approaching your listings.
What smart, wise, savvy agents do, superstars do is they say, "Hey, I've got one listing and I can turn this into five transactional sides. Now how can we do that?"
I'm gonna walk you through it right now.
What are the five transactional sides that we create?
We are in a different marketplace, aren't we? The market totally rolled over into a buyer's market in a lot of price categories. And because of that, we need to hone our negotiation skills. So today I'm gonna give you 10 strategies to help you be a better negotiator. Because we know if a buyer feels good about the negotiation, they're gonna often be excited, and tell their friends and family to use use to purchase their next property.
Remember, it's all about referrals and doing an amazing job.
1. Discovering the motivation
It's simple, but it's interesting how many agents haven't done that. We just had an offer come into my office over $2 million and guess what? It was electronically sent without a phone call to the other agent. Very frustrating experience for the listing agent. But this is the example of a lot of buyer's agents that don't have any training. They're not calling the other listing agent and asking simple...
Hey guys, we've got some good news regarding the real estate market, and that is Fannie Mae does a study, it's a purchase sentiment study. They do it every single month. And finally it's broken the downward trend.
All the way since back in February of 2022, there's just been this downward trend with sentiment among buyers and sellers about the market, about buying, about selling. And it really hit a low point here in the last couple months, but it's broken. Now it's starting to come back up.
Buyers and sellers are now seeing a little bit of a rainbow at the end of the tunnel here. They're saying the worst is behind us, and it's starting to look a little bit better.
So this is good news for us. We're gonna combine that with another piece of good news, which is affordability.
So affordability over the last couple of months has gotten way better. We had an interest rate peak, and now it's come down, down, down, down, down, and it's...
A number that we should be concerned with right now in the market is 16.1%.
So what does 16.1% represent?
It represents the number of transactions that were canceled last month. The last time we saw a number that high was at the beginning of COVID when buyers really didn't know what was gonna happen. March, April, when COVID really went into full effect in our country in 2020. That's when you saw this same level of cancellations. And that's what we're seeing again right now.
So how do we tighten down offers so that sellers have some clarity that they know they're gonna get to closing?
I'm gonna give you several things to think about. You might have a few more. But one of the things is getting the disclosure statement signed as quickly as you can.
Most states require a disclosure statement. This is where we're the seller's gonna disclose everything they know about the house to a buyer. But not waiting around, not delaying getting that...
Now here's another question that a lot of us are getting:
Is the market turning into a buyer's market?
This is really a market-by-market conversation. But I will tell you that we could easily have a situation in a lot of markets where you actually have a couple different markets within the larger market.
Here's what that means:
Markets aren't just one thing. They are a whole list of price bands, right? So you have lower tier price bands, mid tier price bands, and higher price bands. And in your market, as the market is transitioning, it's not all one thing. So you could have a lower tier price band that's still a strong sellers market. Lots of demand because that's where first time home buyers go, right?
But then as you move up the ladder, you might see that at the higher tiers—the luxury housing, for instance—that it is a buyer's market.
So what's the defining factor here?
You gotta ask yourself, how do I...
There's a new survey that was done by the National Housing Survey, which was just done in June. So it's fresh data. And it shows a divergence that we haven't seen probably in the last 10 years or more.
It shows how many people think that the economy is on the wrong track:
81% of Americans believe the economy's on the wrong track.
So when you look at that number and we put it in perspective of people that are buying and selling real estate, how do we have that conversation? Where people think, oh my gosh, we're on the wrong track. I don't know that I should be buying.
We call that consumer sentiment. Or I don't know if I should be entering this real estate marketplace.
What can we say?
How can we address that concern where people think it's the wrong time to enter this market?
Well, a good lesson for us is to model successful people. People that are more successful than us, right?
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