A closer look at Houston’s multigenerational market

Houston Agent Magazine

With multi-generational living on the rise, it’s important for families to find homes that fit both their needs and preferences in order to maintain this type of living situation comfortably. Learn more about multigenerational living in Houston and find out what Michael Reamer, Director of Sales for Lennar, has to say about what consumers are looking for in multi-gen homes in a recent interview with James McClister for Houston Agent Magazine

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Giallo The Home Within a Home kitchen.

Houston Agent (HA): How has demand for multigenerational homes grown in recent years? And why?

Michael Reamer (MR): According to the Pew Research Center, 57 million Americans, or 18.1 percent of the U.S. population, lived in multi-generational family households in 2012.  That’s double the figure from 1980.  The same study showed about a quarter of young adults ages 25-34 lived in a multigenerational household in 2012, up from 18.7 percent in 2007.  Ironically, the 23.6 percent rate of young adults in multi-generational households surpassed the 22.7 percent rate of adults ages 85 and older.

The reasons? Studies show a Houston family on average will spend over $43,000 per year for a licensed professional to help with cooking, cleaning and running errands. Meanwhile, many young adults strapped with college loans either can’t afford or get credit approved to purchase a home – and skyrocketing apartment rents make it tough for younger adults to get ahead.

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Giallo The Home Within a Home living room.

HA: What kinds of things are consumers asking for in multi-gen homes?

MR: The families we meet in The Home Within a Home models tell us they want a home that promotes both privacy and togetherness, one that fosters independence but where help is nearby when needed. They want solutions that accommodate a family’s unique situation – be it an elderly parent or a young adult – without sacrificing comfort.  Plus, they want to take advantage of the shared costs that come from two homes under one roof.

HA: Finally, how can agents better position themselves to not only help clients with multi-gen housing needs, but also appeal to prospective clients with those needs?

MR: We help agents understand the unique circumstances surrounding the multi-gen buyer. In some cases, there may be two homes that need to be sold. Other prospects might be exploring the idea of a multi-gen household thinking a decision might come “down the road,” particularly when it involves an elderly parent, when in fact “the decision” often comes sooner than they expect.

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Giallo bedroom.
  1. December 10, 2016 Keri

    Why aren’t there any 2 bedroom options for the suites.

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    1. January 24, 2017 Akanini

      I like this question because I want to know the same thing. The Zinfandel plan in Fl has two bedrooms but I need that plan in Houston.

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      1. January 25, 2017 Lennar

        Thank you for your message – information is on the way from our Lennar teams.

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      2. July 12, 2017 Colleen

        I am wondering the same thing about two bedrooms vs one bedroom. Is there any wiggle room in the design of the smaller unit?

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      3. July 18, 2017 Lennar

        Hi Colleen, We have shared your question with the Lennar Houston team who will follow up soon with more information. Thanks!

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  2. July 18, 2017 Nataliya

    Will you build any multigenerational homes in Sugar Land or Missouri City TX?

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    1. July 24, 2017 Lennar

      Hello Nataliya, Thank you for your interest in Lennar’s The Home Within a Home. Our Lennar Houston team will be in touch soon to answer your question.

      Post a Reply
  3. September 18, 2017 Doug

    I am noticing that the “multigenerational” plans all include a kitchenette. Not sure I want my 90 year old in-laws cooking where I cannot easily monitor them. Any plans that don’t include a kitchenette but DO include some “mobility” features like wider doors, wheelchair/walker access and accessible bathrooms? Many plans we have looked at say they are senior friendly but have narrow turns and doors. Thanks.

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  4. June 23, 2017 Lennar

    Hello Rhonda, We have shared your message with the Lennar team in Houston who will be in touch soon with more information on The Home Within a Home. Thank you!

    Post a Reply
  5. October 10, 2017 Shirley Sullivan

    You have shown a smaller house on your web site that you stated that it ran $180,000.00. It is certainly one that I would be interested in, but have not been able to locate any such house, or price in N.W. Houston area. Most of them are way over $200,000.00 which, leaves many empty nesters without an option to down size. Would appreciate an explanation regarding this comment.

    Post a Reply
  6. October 11, 2017 Lennar

    Hi Shirley! We have shared your message with the Lennar Houston team. Thank you!

    Post a Reply

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  1. December 10, 2016 Keri

    Why aren’t there any 2 bedroom options for the suites.

    Post a Reply
    1. January 24, 2017 Akanini

      I like this question because I want to know the same thing. The Zinfandel plan in Fl has two bedrooms but I need that plan in Houston.

      Post a Reply
      1. January 25, 2017 Lennar

        Thank you for your message – information is on the way from our Lennar teams.

        Post a Reply
      2. July 12, 2017 Colleen

        I am wondering the same thing about two bedrooms vs one bedroom. Is there any wiggle room in the design of the smaller unit?

        Post a Reply
      3. July 18, 2017 Lennar

        Hi Colleen, We have shared your question with the Lennar Houston team who will follow up soon with more information. Thanks!

        Post a Reply
  2. July 18, 2017 Nataliya

    Will you build any multigenerational homes in Sugar Land or Missouri City TX?

    Post a Reply
    1. July 24, 2017 Lennar

      Hello Nataliya, Thank you for your interest in Lennar’s The Home Within a Home. Our Lennar Houston team will be in touch soon to answer your question.

      Post a Reply
  3. September 18, 2017 Doug

    I am noticing that the “multigenerational” plans all include a kitchenette. Not sure I want my 90 year old in-laws cooking where I cannot easily monitor them. Any plans that don’t include a kitchenette but DO include some “mobility” features like wider doors, wheelchair/walker access and accessible bathrooms? Many plans we have looked at say they are senior friendly but have narrow turns and doors. Thanks.

    Post a Reply
  4. June 23, 2017 Lennar

    Hello Rhonda, We have shared your message with the Lennar team in Houston who will be in touch soon with more information on The Home Within a Home. Thank you!

    Post a Reply
  5. October 10, 2017 Shirley Sullivan

    You have shown a smaller house on your web site that you stated that it ran $180,000.00. It is certainly one that I would be interested in, but have not been able to locate any such house, or price in N.W. Houston area. Most of them are way over $200,000.00 which, leaves many empty nesters without an option to down size. Would appreciate an explanation regarding this comment.

    Post a Reply
  6. October 11, 2017 Lennar

    Hi Shirley! We have shared your message with the Lennar Houston team. Thank you!

    Post a Reply

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