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  • Milad Taghehchian, CPA, CFP(R)

Baby Boomers and Homeownership: A Trend of Stability

As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement, a significant trend has emerged: a majority are choosing to stay in their current homes rather than moving or downsizing. According to recent surveys and research by Redfin, over three-quarters of older American homeowners are opting to age in place, driven by several compelling reasons.

More than half of the surveyed boomers (51%) have expressed a strong attachment to their homes, finding no reason compelling enough to prompt a move. Financial considerations play a crucial role; 27% of boomers are nearing the completion of their mortgage payments, making the prospect of staying more attractive than starting new financial obligations associated with moving. Moreover, the current high housing prices dissuade about 21% from selling their homes, as the financial benefits of staying put outweigh those of relocating.

Despite the general trend of aging in place, there remains a notable interest among boomers in moving to specialized communities. Approximately one in five is contemplating or has already moved to 55-plus communities, often located in picturesque settings like beaches or golf courses. This indicates a desire for lifestyle-focused living arrangements that cater to their age group.

However, only a small fraction, about 10%, consider living with their children as a viable option, reflecting a preference for independence and possibly less reliance on family support in their senior years.

For baby boomers currently weighing their living arrangements as they age, it is essential to consider both the emotional attachments to their current home and the financial implications of moving. Those nearly done with mortgage payments might find it economically favorable to stay put, especially given the high costs associated with purchasing a new property in today's market. However, for those seeking community and convenience in retirement, exploring over-55 communities could be a worthwhile venture.

It's advisable for boomers to consult with financial advisors to understand the full scope of their options, including tax benefits and potential long-term savings. Also, considering the type of community that best fits their lifestyle and health needs will be crucial as they plan for the years ahead.


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