Will the next housing crisis be because of baby boomers?
In today’s housing environment, there are surprising factors that baby boomers, born between 1946-1964, will be three times more likely to be carrying mortgage debt as of 2015 at age 60 years or older compared to 1980 according to U.S Census Bureau Data stats.
As of 2016, there were 74 million baby boomers alive and by 2030, when all baby boomers will be between 66-84 years old, there will be 60 million predicted to be alive. So with interest rates changing from 3.41% in 2016 to 4.62% recently for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages — and affordable housing being eliminated due to higher pricing (and that the new Millennial Generation is beginning to buy) — the next generation of seniors will have to be more creative with housing. One creative approach to housing is by living in helper units on their children’s properties in the future, such as granny flats or casitas — or buying a smaller home in another area. Downsizing or staying in their current home becomes the daunting task and question.
Maximizing your current home’s value by preparing is essential; do so with your building contractor, financial planner, accountant and Real Estate Agent. I’m here to help recommend any of these people and more or get you a free analysis of your home’s value. You can reach me at JohnASilvaRE@gmail.com or 619-890-3648.