As the pandemic continues, more home buyers are looking for properties that can house their older family members. The goal for these buyers is to keep their aging family members out of senior living—particularly group setting facilities, which have been on heightened alert during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is translating to the desire for larger homes that can accommodate more family members, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The National Association of REALTORS®’ newly released 2020 Profile of Home Buyer and Sellers showed that buyers purchasing a home since the start of the pandemic have been more likely to purchase a multigenerational home—15% versus 11% who purchased prior to 2020. Home buyers cited multiple reasons, such as the health and caretaking of aging parents and relatives, cost savings, the desire to spend more time with aging parents and relatives, and the need for the delayed independence of children. They also said buying a multigenerational home allowed them to pool multiple incomes to purchase a larger home.