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By Michael Matusik

Millennial’s housing wants

In Australia, Millennials born between 1981 and 1996, are shaping the housing landscape with their unique preferences.

Today this cohort is between 28 and 43 years of age.

There are over 5.84 million Millennials in Australia, and this generation is expected to grow by 108,250 people per annum over the next five years.

If this happens, Millennials will account for a fifth of Australia’s population growth between 2024 and 2029, making this generation the second largest age-related growth sector – after Baby Boomers - in Australia over this period.

Australia Growth In Generations 2024 2029

What are their housing preferences?

Millennials have distinct housing preferences shaped by economic factors, lifestyle choices, and societal trends.  

As this generation starts to have children and establish themselves in the workforce, their housing needs and desires differ from those of previous generations.

One prominent characteristic of Millennial housing preferences is a strong emphasis on flexibility and mobility.  

Many Millennials prioritize renting over homeownership, valuing the freedom to relocate for career opportunities or lifestyle changes.  

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As such, they seek rental properties that offer convenience, affordability, and proximity to urban amenities such as public transportation, cafes, and entertainment venues.

However, for those Millennials who aspire to homeownership, affordability remains a significant challenge.  

Rapidly rising property prices and comparatively stagnant wage growth have made entering the housing market increasingly difficult for this demographic. 

As a result, many millennials are delaying homeownership, opting to rent or cohabitate with roommates or partners until they can afford to buy.

When Millennials do enter the housing market, their preferences are somewhat unique. 

They prioritize properties that align with their values, such as energy efficiency, sustainability, and technological integration.

Walkable neighbourhoods, bike lanes, and access to green spaces are also highly valued, reflecting Millennials' desire for a more sustainable and active lifestyle.

Additionally, Millennials place a premium on community and social connectivity.

They seek housing options that facilitate social interaction, whether through shared amenities like co-working spaces, communal gardens, or organized events within their residential communities.  

This emphasis on social engagement reflects Millennials' desire for connection and belonging in an increasingly digital world.

In conclusion...

Overall, Millennials in Australia seek housing options that offer flexibility, affordability, and alignment with their values and lifestyle preferences.

Understanding these preferences is crucial for developers, landlords, and policymakers seeking to meet the diverse housing needs of this generation and ensure that housing remains accessible and inclusive for all.

About Michael Matusik Michael is director of independent property advisory Matusik Property Insights. He is independent, perceptive and to the point; has helped over 550 new residential developments come to fruition and writes his insightful Matusik Missive
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