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What does an aging population mean for the housing market?

The aging population of the United States has been a growing concern on many levels, from what to do about social security to the housing market. The number of Americans age 50+ will grow to 132 million by 2030, which is an increase of more than 70% since 2000. This is a major shift in demographics of the country. This generation will all begin to sell their homes at around the same time, without many buyers on the market. A recent study also indicated that there is a shortage of homes that will be appropriate for the demographic (i.d. shortage of affordable, physically accessible, and well-located homes).

An important point for policy makers to focus on in the next few years will be figuring out how to handle this shifting demographic and attitude. Not only are baby boomers going to all be selling their homes, but the younger generation appears to be more wary about taking the leap to buy a home because of the volatility of the market in recent years. According to Chris Herbert, acting managing director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, “We do have time to address it, but it’s going to take forethought on the part of communities”. Where do you think the housing market is headed?

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Source: Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP Foundation


1960’s – 2000’s

Home decorating is a crucial part of making your house feel like a home. These are the most popular decorating styles of each era.


The 60’s was all about COLOR and graphics. In the 60’s everyone wanted to make a statement, including putting together colors that were once considered a big “no” in the fashion and decorating world. Lava lamps, shag carpets, and posters weren’t just for college dorm rooms, they were acceptable home decor.


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Bright colors were still in during the 70’s, but modern appliances were introduced during this decade changing the appearance of the everyday kitchen. A larger kitchen became an important item on many house hunters lists. Other popular decor items included plastic molded furniture and “couching” designs that most people are happy faded out of style. Exposed brick and astroturf was also a common theme inside and outside of homes. Does anyone recall the Brady Bunch’s astroturf backyard? That was not just because it was a television set, that was a very stylish lawn!


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Mirrors, mirrors, and more mirrors! Decorators in the 80’s loved to put mirrors everywhere to open up smaller spaces. Floral prints were also a popular wallpaper design. Every home had the overstuffed couches, glass tables, and mini blinds. The 1980’s were not well known for their decor sense, but leggings and neon outfits have made a bit of a comeback recently it’s tough to judge what trends will come back around.


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Since the 80’s was a very loud period of time when it came to prints and colors, the 90’s wanted to tone it down. The 90’s was an interesting time because although many were all about getting back to the basics when it came to home decor, items such as inflatable furniture also became popular. The 90’s was a big transition decade from the 80’s to the 00’s; it didn’t know how it wanted to be defined. The 90’s was the dawn of technology. The world wide web was changing everything. Stereo equipment and home entertainment systems started to dominate homes and become a staple in most family rooms. Computers were displayed almost as if they were a piece of furniture in common areas, since they were still quite large not too long ago! Both images below, while VERY different in style, were both common styles in the 90’s.


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The 2000’s brought on a sleek look in homes. It was becoming common to see granite counter tops, white kitchens, stainless steel appliances, subway tiles in the bathrooms, and open floor plans. Technology began changing so rapidly and people are always looking for the next big thing to keep up. Having “green” technology to save energy with washer/dryers and other appliances also began to rise.



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Some styles died out for a reason, others can be brought back with a whole new flair! We hope this gives you some inspiration to revamp your own home and just an interesting look into different decors. Decorating your home can be a lot of work, but sometimes all you need is fresh ideas. Let the decorating begin!