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Real estate professionals should be aware of unconventional home buying options such as co-purchasing with non-romantic partners.

NEW YORK – Today’s residential real estate market is much different than it was just a decade ago. In July 2006, the peak of home prices was $230,200. Today, the national average is $417,700 in the last quarter of 2023, according to California Association of Realtors data.

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As housing has become more expensive, renters have decided to stay renters for longer, while others have said they prefer renting because it provides them with greater flexibility, a simpler lifestyle and fewer responsibilities. Older adults are shifting to urban rentals rather than suburban homes to avoid maintenance expenses. Others work remotely and no longer need to live within a commutable distance to their workplaces.

U.S. Census Bureau data show the number of renters since 2010 who earn more than $200,000 has increased four-fold, and many are more interested in renting homes in strategic locations.

BrightMLS systems saw a 12.4% year-over-year increase in rentals to 70,829 listings in 2023. A JW Surety Bonds survey found 13% of respondents have engaged in non-traditional, co-purchasing agreements with non-romantic partners, and about 48% are considering the option.

Co-purchasing enables buyers to share the cost burden and access better housing options and investment opportunities, such as transforming a property into rental income down the road. Real estate professionals would be wise to review current market trends and non-traditional paths to homeownership when talking with prospective buyers. Clients are in need of professionals with innovative solutions and flexible approaches to today’s housing market.

Source: HousingWire (03/18/24) Lucarelli, Michael

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