Castro Valley CA Real Estate Agent Murline Monat Forecasts Housing for Millennial Buyers in 2015

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Murline Monat, Castro Valley CA Real Estate Agent, discusses the coming of age for the next generation of homebuyers and lifestyle changes that will affect the housing market.

According to, the Millennial Generation (aka Gen Y), represented by people born between 1981 and 2000, represent a new and growing economic force in the housing market.(1) This generation currently heads up about 20 million households in America. With their median age at 23, their economic buying power is just getting started, and what a start it is, as Millennials made up nearly 30 percent of buyers and 14 percent of home sellers in the housing market in 2014. Murline Monat, real estate agent specializing in Castro Valley, CA provides a wealth of information on her website Castro Valley Neighborhoods.

What do Millennials Want in Housing?

A survey released by the National Association of Home Builders and reported in the Wall Street Journal (2) reveals that most Millennials want to live in single-family homes in the suburbs. The survey found that based on responses from 1,506 people born since 1977, 66 percent want to live in the suburbs, 24 percent want to live in rural areas, and only 10 percent want to live in a city center. Homes and community information are provided on the Castro Valley Neighborhoods website, which showcase the types of homes Millennials are interested in.

The Millennial generation (70 to 80 million in size) represents an economic powerhouse not seen since the baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1965), with a population size of 76 million.

The survey results could be called into question because the survey narrowed the respondents to people who have already purchased a home in the past three years, or plan to in the next three years. This eliminates a large group of people who intend to rent for many years, in part because of hefty student debt and tight mortgage lending standards in recent years. Even so, at 70-80 million strong, with a median age of 25, the Millennials are an economic force not to be ignored.

Boomers vs. Millennials

According to, Millennials and Boomers share an attraction for living in popular cities such as New York, Boston, Miami and San Francisco.(3) The difference is that Millennials are renting and the Boomers are buying; cashing out and “downsizing” into smaller but more expensive homes or condos.

The Future of the Housing Market

Murline Monat, Castro Valley real estate specialist says “The next huge generation of homebuyers, the Millennials, also known as the Gen Y generation are about to change their focus from downtown condos with a high walk scores to suburban America. The transition will be on their terms. Two thirds of homes sold will be to this this up and coming generation, who want a home in convenient neighborhoods, yet close enough to downtown areas to support their prior downtown social network. Also, it turns out that many Millennials and Baby Boomers (Gen Y parents) enjoy lifestyle similarities. Boomers are also moving to the cities or buying smaller, single story homes to enjoy the social connections of their peers.”

About Murline Monat, Realtor®

A long-time Bay Area resident, Murline brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her realty career – including an M.S in Industrial Psychology, building her own home, and group facilitation. Her background makes her an excellent champion for her clients. By ensuring her clients are appropriately informed throughout the purchasing or selling process, coordinating all the parties involved, and negotiating the best deal, Murline’s reputation in the community and realty industry is impeccable.

Before becoming a realtor in 2009, Murline Monat spent her time analyzing sales trends for both large corporations and small businesses. The difference between retail sales trends and real estate trends are minimal and she is able to support her clients in one of the most important lifestyle choices they will make. These decisions “bring great comfort and satisfaction to individuals and to families. I love being a part of that process.”

A Bay Area resident since the age of 5, Murline and her husband made Castro Valley their home because of its central location for both of their careers at the time. While a practical choice, the decision to live in Castro Valley has always been a happy one.

Contact Information

Murline Monat
Empire Realty Associates, Inc.
Danville, CA 94526




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