Posted On June 23, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted daily life around the country. Social distancing and stay-at-home orders have caused many companies to shift to work-from-home models and many colleges and universities have temporarily closed. As a result, over 32 million adults were living with parents or grandparents as of April 2020. 80% of these young adults are members of Generation Z, costing the rental market approximately $726 million each month. As work-from-home and distance learning procedures extend, the rental market may see long-term impacts with a lack of 18- to 25-year-old renters.
The 18- to 25-year-old demographic tended to experience seasonal living-at-home swings before the pandemic. Typically, in April 53-55% of young adults lived at home and this share increased to 55-57% by July. This April, however, 61% of young adults moved back home. In addition to college closures, many young adults, like all American workers, are experiencing unemployment due to coronavirus-related closures. 60% of employed 18- to 25-year-olds became unemployed during March and April.
Some of the metros with the hardest hit rental markets include Oklahoma City, Austin, and Nashville, each losing about 1.9% of their local rental markets in recent months. Other large cities may also start to feel the strain as work-from-home and distance learning become more commonplace and young adults do not have to move to go to work and school.
Although the majority of 18- to 25-year-olds who do not live with family are renters, those who recently stopped renting could use this opportunity to transition to homeownership. Gen Z renters contribute approximately $6 billion toward the rental market every month. If those renters are living at home for free or a discounted rental rate, these funds could be reallocated toward saving for a down payment. By using the down payment gifting platform, HomeFundIt™, potential home buyers can grow their savings even more and buy a home sooner.
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