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Young buyers are skipping the starter home

Millennials who delayed homeownership following the Great Recession are now finally entering the market in bigger numbers. They comprised 36 percent of homebuyers last year, up from 32 percent in 2013, according to the National Association of REALTORS. But they’re trying to make up for lost time by skipping over the starter, entry-level home and heading right into buying larger, pricier homes that they plan to stay in longer, USA Today reports.

Many millennials in their mid-30s can now afford the more expensive homes. Some young adults have been saving by living with their parents for years into adulthood. They’ve also been moving up in their jobs and earning higher salaries. 

As they get married and start raising kids, they’re finding they need more space and are moving into homeownership. However, a severe shortage of lower-priced starter homes is prompting them to up their budgets and look at pricier places. 

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