John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer (CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)

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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    No, the Millennials are not getting a bad rap.  

    However, there is a segment within that stereotypical group that is giving the whole bunch a bad rap - the "snowflakes".  The people who whine for a "safe space" when their candidate doesn't get elected, the people who have college degrees but no usable skills.

    FWIW, I had a" tiny house" back in the day... it was called a 1968 Volkswagen van.  Blue and white, with a chrome VW emblem on the front. 

Nov 18, 2016 06:39 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I love Fred Griffin 's comment.... love it....

Nov 18, 2016 07:13 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Yes they are, as a parent I can say that they are pretty impressive on a global, political & environmental level. I've employed 2 in the last 4 years and I sold to one this summer and it was a wonderful transaction. I get that they don't all "get it" from our point of view, but I will say they a great group over all and take issue with the whole nonsense surrounding them.

Tiny Houses are all the rage in Portland, OR John DL Arendsen 

Nov 18, 2016 09:36 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Some of my favorite people are millennials!

Nov 18, 2016 06:24 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It is best to focus on the client regardless of the generation born in

Nov 18, 2016 10:02 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

There seem to be generalizations about every generation, good and bad, and many exceptions to the stereotypes. And the media seems to promote these even more. The reality is often different.

Nov 18, 2016 12:26 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Like any group, there is a percentage that gives the rest a crap name.  As Fred Griffin said, these are the "precious snow flakes."


I just closed a deal with a millenial buyer.  College educated with a degree in a useful field.  Employed as a Sheriff's Deputy.  Knows his stuff and has a good head on his shoulders.

Nov 18, 2016 11:12 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The economist said millenials want a home like their parents had in the burbs not all the lofts and tiny houses that people think they do. They have to settle because of huge school debt. I don't know that I agree.

Nov 18, 2016 08:16 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I do not 'pigeon hole' these potential buyers. The moment I do, I will be proven wrong

Nov 18, 2016 07:27 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have met some outstanding millenials who were inspiring, lovely, generous and an asset to be around, and likewise I have met boomers who were that way, as well as every generation and every group.  I have also met the opposites in every group.  Personally, I have an intense dislike for lumping people in one group or another, and I used to argue with my professors in grad school, when they lumped authors by some idiotic generalization...It is just the way I think

Nov 18, 2016 07:12 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi John,
I think the Millennials are a very interesting generation.  Like, most groups of people, you can't totally generalize but there is certainly a segment that is in the category you describe.  It's definitely worth taking seriously and serving their vision of life.    If you're going to be taking this on as a focus, may I respectfully suggest you spell Millennial  correctly?  

Nov 18, 2016 06:39 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

As do all generations and any large group.

Nov 18, 2016 06:31 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Not form me.  Contributions to stereotypes are not tax deductible.

Nov 18, 2016 06:20 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I'm scratching my head to come up with a better response than what Fred Griffin provided. 

Nov 19, 2016 03:21 AM
Realty Executives Associates - Knoxville, TN
Realty Executives Associates Knoxville, TN

My Son is a Millennial. We have to remember this generation has seen and experienced a great deal. From the start of the internet to the financial collapse. I find they tend to work hard, watch their money and desire life situations to be simplified. I can see Millennials desiring tiny homes, it is an easier lifestyle and cost effective thus they can get out and do more. They may be technologically connected but they still like to get out and be social. Because of what most saw and experienced in the financial collapse, I think they will be more cautious in buying a home that could later cause a financial burden. Long term, I think we will see less foreclosures because most saw their own family or knew someone who went through it so they will be cautious in not getting consumed with mortgage debt. 

Nov 18, 2016 06:29 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

John DL Arendsen - well, I think they are smart! And they understand relationship more than we do - in a different way. They are more connected!

Nov 18, 2016 03:52 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

All gen's have some issues.  But it seems the mill's have more

Nov 18, 2016 11:23 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Maybe they are getting a bad wrap. That's a shame. 

I'm curious to see how this tiny house fade plays out. One assistant in our office is really into doing this. I can see it being popular in my area, because of the mountain property we have available and the affordable construction costs of building a tiny house on a large acreage parcel with nice mountain views. Those view parcels aren't just for the big houses anymore. 

Nov 18, 2016 09:02 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

All the millennialsI I know are friends of my son and all have been gainfully employed since graduating. Gotta love Fred Grifin's comment though!

Nov 18, 2016 08:25 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired


Nov 18, 2016 06:30 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

My son is a millenial - he and his wife are amazing and very frugal. They have seen our generation waste our country's resources and our own - we have given them massive debt and diminished opportunities.  My son and his wife live in a modest 2 bedroom NY apartment even though they could afford much more. My husband wants them to move to something bigger but they are staying put and saving their money so they can buy something truly nice.  I believe they value experiences over collections of things and they make do with the space they have.  I think it is a mistake to characterize a generation. 

Nov 19, 2016 12:17 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I don't think we can talk about any age group in a generalization because they are all individuals and should be treated with the utmost respect ....

Nov 19, 2016 04:35 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It depends on who's doing the judging.

Nov 19, 2016 01:08 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Millennials, like any generation, offer a marketing opportunity.  As far as this particular generation getting a bad rap --- individuals make the difference and identifying an entire group as this(or that) is a waste of time.   

Nov 18, 2016 10:16 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Frankly, I don't pay a whole lot of attention to millennials as a group. As with any group... there are good and there are not so good. I've never believed in broad generalizations.

Nov 18, 2016 08:56 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I don't think they get a bad rap - at least not from me, John DL Arendsen.

I serve many of them in the form of friends of my grown boys, children of friends/clients and those getting jobs in our financial and medical sector here in Charlotte.  I really enjoy helping them - I love teaching, don't mind texting (which that is typically the ONLY way they want to communicate!) and don't mind their inquisitiveness!  

Nov 18, 2016 12:13 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I think the traditions of having a big family have faded and that big home is no longer necessary.  We see a lot of downsizing and young peole not wanting the bigger homes.

Nov 18, 2016 12:08 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Watch the current season of Survivor.

Over half deserve the rep

My three millennials get plenty of job offers, they learned to work and respect work when they were young.

Many of the millennials that I interview are unemployable.


Nov 18, 2016 07:33 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

A bad wrap or a bad rap, it's just someone else's opinion and has no bearing on reality.

Sep 17, 2017 10:31 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Fred answer this one the way I think.

Nov 21, 2016 12:49 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Thanks to almost eveyone for your wonderfull insights and contributions. Your answers have given me great fodder for a series of posts I'll be doing on the Tiny Home Movement and how it may or may not impact housing in the future. Just love this platform for R&D.

Nov 19, 2016 02:45 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

LMAO - oh wait you were serious LOL

Nov 18, 2016 10:54 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Fred Griffin nailed this one!

Nov 18, 2016 09:38 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not know.

Nov 18, 2016 09:38 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD


Nov 18, 2016 07:52 AM