A housing type about to sweep the nation…

Female couple watch proudly as their baby son crawls along the floor

This trend in housing will help your clients more easily afford a home – and gain you larger commissions.

Multi-generational homes are the way of the future, according to one architecture expert, and they provide a more affordable option for homebuyers.

“I think realtors should be keeping an eye out for homes that can be adapted for this possibility without huge modifications or land that can be easily redeveloped,” Toon Dreessen, president of the Ontario Assocation of Architects, told REP. “(Buyers) may not be able to afford this home on your own, but think of the possibilities of being able to redevelop or re-invest to have a basement rental unit and have (their) elderly parents move in; that flexibility allows home ownership to become more affordable.”

The trend in multi-generational homes, much like the trend in condos, was borne from an increased desire to densify in big cities.

However, trying to raise families in smaller apartments is more difficult – for obvious reasons – according to Dreessen. Which is pushing many buyers to consider multi-generational homes.

“Housing prices we see for larger apartments and units price families out of the market for entry-level homes,” he said. “So, these forces are combining to suggest that a smaller-scale density, the three storey, four storey home, that has both the rental income capacity or commercial use combined with multi-generational housing allows you to address a number of issues – affordability, long-term sustainability of the investment.”

And while multi-generational homes may cost buyers more in the short-term, they do allow buyers to take on more home, with the help of their parents.

“The challenge of Millenials (or baby boomers ) having elderly parents who aren’t ready or don’t need to be in a care facility but also you don’t want them to be living alone,” Dreessen said. “It allows you to bring these factors together.”

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