Housing Insights

Housing Insights

Are Aging Baby Boomers Abandoning the Single-Family Nest?

Popular perception holds that Baby Boomers, members of the massive generation born between 1946 and 1964, have begun to alter their housing consumption as they exit their childrearing years and approach retirement. Multiple recent media accounts point to an emerging trend of Boomers "downsizing" from suburban single-family homes to urban multifamily residences as they become "empty nesters."

In the most recent edition of Housing Insights, Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group examines family and labor market changes that could have significant implications on Baby Boomers’ housing choices, and discusses recent housing market changes – such as declining home values and reduced residential mobility – that might have delayed Boomers’ shift away from the traditional single-family home.

Are Aging Baby Boomers Abandoning the Single-Family Nest? (PDF)


Previous Housing Insights

Housing Insights formerly called Data Notes

Second Homes: Recovery Post Financial Crisis

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: April 7,2014

Geographically Constrained Job Growth Provides Another Indication of a Sluggish Labor Market Recovery

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: January 9,2014

An Uneven Recovery in Household Wealth

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: December 9, 2013

Deconsolidation in the Primary Mortgage Market: A Temporary or Structural Trend?

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: December 5, 2013

Homeownership Rate Continues to Drop, But Housing Affordability Improves Substantially

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: October 3, 2013

Is the Development and Design of Multifamily Rental Housing In Line with Recent Trends?

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: October 2013

Projected Slowdown in Labor Force Growth Suggests Weaker Future Housing Activity

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: August 2013

Immigrant Homeowners Hit Hard During the Housing Collapse, but Experience Varies by Country of Birth

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: July 2013

Manufactured Homes: A Shrinking Source of Low-Cost Housing

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: June 2013

When the Housing Market Returns to "Normal," How Much Will Residential Construction Employment Rebound?

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: May 2013

Rental Resurgence Marked by Single-Family Expansion and Diverging Affordability Trends for Owners and Renters

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: Nov 2012

Stuck in the Great Recession's Income Slump: Sluggish Job Earnings Impede an Economic Expansion

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: Sept 2012

Housing the Nation’s Burgeoning Older Elderly Population

Fannie Mae Housing Insight: June 2012

Housing Cost Burdens

Fannie Mae Data Note: May 2012

Single-Family Rental Housing – The Fastest Growing Component of the Rental Market

Fannie Mae Data Note: Mar 2012

Inaugural Fannie Mae Data Note Examines Falling Homeownership Rates

Fannie Mae Data Note: Oct 2011