Failure to Launch

Thanks to msrelo for pointing out today’s article in the PI.

“…living with mom and dad, or mom and dad-in-law, is just practical. The Gwinns are using would-be rent money to pay off debts and save up to buy into Seattle’s out-of-reach housing market. And they are not alone.

While moving home with a spouse has been common in many cultures, now it seems to be hitting the U.S. mainstream for economic purposes — at least in pricey cities such as Seattle.

More than 22 million adult sons and daughters were living in a household maintained by one or both parents in 2005, compared with 15 million in 1970, according to Census Bureau statistics. Fourteen percent of all U.S. families included at least one adult child in 2005 — up 3 percentage points since 1970; a Census analysis attributed the increase to delayed marriage and increasing costs to set up and maintain a household.

Kate Gwinn, 26, said some of her friends moved back in with their parents for a while before they bought houses, and these are young people with good jobs.
“It’s like what all the cool kids are doing,” she joked.

“The problem is, home prices outpaced income growth,” center Director Nicolas Retsinas said. “Moving in with mom and dad gives you that sort of breathing room to catch up.”

This USA Today article provides slightly different statistics.

“Since 1970, the percentage of people ages 18 to 34 who live at home with their family increased 48%, from 12.5 million to 18.6 million, the Census Bureau says.”

Peronally, I could never move back in with my parents. My dad watches Fox News 24/7 and my mother would insist on washing my underwear… ew.

(Aubrey Cohen, Seattle P-I, 09.28.2006)

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  1. 1
    Richard says:

    Mary Wellings, 26, moved back in with her mom for about a year to pay off debts and save up for the Ballard condo she bought in August 2005.

    According to the county records, she financed 100% of the purchase price ($152K) with a 40 year arm, which adjusted after 1 year to LIBOR+4.99%. With current rates, she’s paying over 9% on the primary.

    What happened to all that money she saved up living at home? My guess would be Ikea and The Pottery Barn.

  2. 2
    seattle long term owner says:

    actually very common elsewhere in the world to have families live in one big house and get along just fine…

    Unfortunately it’s more of a cultural thing than plain necessity…

    US culture does not do well with this setup… I can see how sparks will fly when mother in law starts telling son’s wife how to use the washing clothes and cook “the right way”

  3. 3
    Eleua says:

    I can see how sparks will fly when mother in law starts telling son’s wife how to use the washing clothes and cook “the right way”

    Everybody Loves Raymond

  4. 4
    synthetik says:

    …and I’m not sure about the rest of the world but we are chock-a-blok full of step parents.

    The only thing keeping us in Florida was my wife’s graduation from USF. I tried to time the sale of our home as close to that date as possible, but missed by two months (too early).

    My Dad invited us to stay with him and the stepmonster for those 2 months. I kept our area as clean as possible, however we’d often wake up to a surprise or two. The “thud” of the bedroom door opening outward to hit the vacuum cleaner (hmm, why would she put that there?). Or various post-it notes “recyclables DO NOT go in here!” I guess verbal communication was out for some reason.

    I wanted to poison her dog.

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    Bob Flippa says:

    Great San Diego Housing Flip site

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