Text messaging, E-mailing, Facebook-ing, Writing a Paper, while Listening to their i-pod—my generation is a multi-tasking one. We were the kids that participated in everything: ballet, t-ball, swimming, soccer, piano lessons, tap dancing. You name it, and we probably did it at one time or another; and not by ourselves either. Mom and dad, our ‘helicopter’ parents, were right there with us, holding our hands each step of the way.
Some researchers have given us the name ‘trophy kids’ because we practically got a trophy for everything we participated in (and it’s true—I still have a box full of all of my trophies just for breathing and wearing a jersey!).
But this new generation, being called the “Millennials”, are no longer kids anymore. We have grown up and are starting to take our first steps of independence. Mom and dad are still watching from the sidelines, and we are looking to them for approval and they are giving to us. So it is a confident reservation that we are stepping into the workplace.
And as we do this, we are looking to take our first big independent decision ever—purchasing a home.
So what are some things real estate agents should know about this rising generation? What makes or breaks a deal with a Millennial? How does this new generation respond to agents? What do they want most from a realtor?
I have taken the time to interview several Millennials who have purchased houses in the last year or are going to before this year is out. I will be posting these responses the next few weeks in the upcoming posts.
Feel free to comment, Millennials! What do you want most from a realtor? What is your motivation for buying a house? Are you single or married? How involved are your parents in your decision?
by Brandi Hoffer
and Julie Beall