Millennials are killing McMansions

It all seemed so innocent when architecture grad student Kate Wagner started pushing her charming brand of millennial snark on us with her acerbic critiques of gaudy, poorly executed monster homes, but architecture is no laughing matter.

The Wall Street Journal has sounded the alarm that boomer-built McMansions in Arizona, Florida, and the Carolinas are selling at huge discounts relative to their asking prices, thanks to millennials' unwillingness to buy sprawling homes that need extensive electrical and plumbing work, come with many additional bedrooms for storing hoards of consumer junk, and tedious fripperies like "crown moldings, ornate details and Mediterranean or Tuscan-style architecture."

Also, millennials — saddled with student debt, and drowning in nondiscretionary avocado-toast-related expenditures — are broke af.

Millennials buying their first home today are likely to pay 39% more than baby boomers who bought their first home in the 1980s, Business Insider's Hillary Hoffower previously reported.

The generation is also facing record levels of student-loan debt, making it hard to take on a mortgage loan, as Business Insider's Akin Oyedele reported.

When millennials can finally afford to buy a home, it makes sense that they'd hold out for something that's exactly to their taste.

Millennials don't want to buy baby boomers' sprawling, multi-bedroom homes, and it's creating a major problem in the real-estate market [Katie Warren/Business Insider]

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(via Naked Capitalism)