I was invited to join a house for a rental for a few days to explore what it might be like to live in a house and how to get in, when I arrived.
But the house was not my first home.
“You know, the first time I came to the United States, it was to live with my mom and dad,” says Melissa.
“And so we moved to the house.
I don’t know how I got there, but my mom was so happy because she had so many new memories of this place, and I thought, oh my God, what’s new in America?”
Melissa’s mother lived in the same house as her, but her parents divorced when Melissa was a child.
Her mom stayed in the house with her daughter and her sister for many years until she moved out, Melissa says.
Melissa has a number of family members who live in the United Kingdom, including aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.
And now, Melissa’s grandmother has moved into a house that’s owned by a friend, her mom’s grandmother, Melissa explains.
Melissa’s house is a big family.
“I know so many of my family’s lives are so close, I know how much it means to them to be able to go and see them every day,” she says.
“You know there’s a lot of closeness, and they really care for each other, so it’s really special.”
Melissa is not the only person living in a home with a grandparent.
There are a number, too.
Melissa is part of the new generation of American home buyers who are buying homes in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
They are buying a home that is smaller and cheaper than the old-fashioned house that was once the norm.
They want to buy a home they can live in without worrying about the money.
“This is the new era, where the new wave of buyers is the millennial generation,” says Brian P. Smith, a housing market expert with real estate consulting firm Barchi Associates.
“It’s the baby boomers who are moving into their 30’s and 40s, and then the millennial baby boom.
And so they want a place that they can move into, where they can have a house they can actually live in, where there’s real space for them to move into.”
This is a trend that is beginning to show up in other markets as well.
According to a survey conducted by real estate website Trulia, the millennial homeownership rate is up to 32% in the U.S., and more than 70% of millennials have bought their first home during their first three years in the country.
And just like home ownership is a strong indicator of wealth, the purchasing power of the millennial home buyer is also a strong predictor of the average price of a home in that market.
“So, if you’re a millennial homebuyer and you’re really comfortable with your assets, you can probably afford to pay $500,000 for a home,” Smith says.
But the house Melissa and her family live in isn’t exactly for the younger generation.
The first floor of the house is just as old-school as the house on the other side of the street, which means that the space and amenities are much more similar.
The second floor has a lot more bedrooms and bathrooms than the first floor.
And the third floor has much more than the second floor, which is what we’ll be discussing next.
But what we do have is a nice yard, an old-timey kitchen and an old bedroom with the windows open.
It’s a great home.
“The thing is, you’re going to get a lot from it,” Melissa says when I ask her how she thinks about the house, which she describes as “a little bit different” from the typical family home.
She says it’s nice to have space to put your dog, and she doesn’t mind the clutter that the other owners had to move away from.
The house is located in the heart of an old town, where many residents live, and it’s also just a few miles from the main airport.
In a market like Los Angeles, home buyers are buying bigger homes and more expensive homes to live, so there’s less competition for that land.
And this is what’s happening to Melissa’s property.
It costs $1.6 million to buy the house in the town of Beverly Hills.
But when I tell Melissa the house’s asking price, she says, “Oh, I’d pay $1 million for that.”
So how does Melissa’s home compare to the price of the older-generation homes that are being bought?
She says it was around $300,000 to buy her first home, so I’m not sure how much of a difference that makes in comparison.
And when I point out that the houses on the first and second floors are much smaller, she agrees.
It’s definitely different, Melissa