💰Hacking the housing market with "co-owning"

Jun 02, 2024

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Today, let's dive into the rising trend of group homeownership among younger generations. With the real estate market being so unpredictable and prices sky-high, many are now considering buying fractional shares of properties and “co-owning” houses. It's similar to timeshares but with actual homes. Brokerages specializing in co-ownership have been riding this wave since 2020, selling about $1 billion in shares across 40 markets. While this sharing economy approach offers a fresh solution to housing affordability, experts warn that co-ownership can come with its own set of challenges and complexities.

Despite some skepticism, interest in co-owning properties is definitely on the rise. Zillow’s 2023 housing trends report found that 1 in 7 people bought property with friends, and 12% with relatives. Opendoor's report showed that over 75% of first-time buyers teamed up with family, friends, or colleagues. This model is a great way for younger buyers to enter the housing market, but it's important to be aware of the potential hurdles and responsibilities that come with it.


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