For those of us who work in the DFW real estate industry and are around it on a day-in, day-out basis, the trend that more Dallas-area residents are wanting to move to the city’s urban core is of little-to-no surprise. Development in neighborhoods like Uptown, downtown Dallas, Deep Ellum, and the Design District has been widespread over the last couple years, and being able to walk to restaurants, retail shops, entertainment, and even work in some cases is becoming more and more appealing to home buyers of all ages, not just Millennials.
But as the value of walkability continues to rise, what’s also becoming more apparent is that young and first-time home buyers are starting to be priced out of hot downtown neighborhoods, ultimately forcing them to rent or look outside of the best urban hotspots.
According to a survey conducted by the Urban Land Institute back in late 2014, roughly 29% of Millennial respondents with full-time jobs earn less than $35,000 a year, with more than half earning less than $50,000 a year. And while that may seem like a decent living in some markets, it’s rarely enough to buy a home in the heart of many downtown markets, which certainly includes a number of downtown neighborhoods in Dallas.
But unlike some generations, Millennials seem to be positive by nature, with many predicting they’ll be at the same or in a better financial position than their parents were at that same age, who also fully expecting to own a home at some point in their lives.
So while the downtown Dallas real estate market continues to thrive, don’t count out the Millennial generation from buying just yet, even if it’s not in the immediate future.
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