Call them what you will—Millennials, Gen Y, Generation Next or Echo Boomers—they are all descriptors for the next generation of renters hitting the multifamily housing industry. A key characteristic of this demographic (who were born between 1982 and 1995 and are either the children or grandchildren of Baby Boomers) is that they are the most informed prospects that you have likely ever encountered. These potential renters are approximately 80 million strong, range in age from 16-29 and are highly educated as well as technologically savvy.
- Smaller apartments—single occupancy is in and three-bedroom family units are out. Renters are looking for spaces that are useful to them, not a front sitting room they’ll never use. Getting the largest apartment they can afford isn’t a priority; finding a space that fits their needs like a glove is what they are after.
- Customizable apartments. This generation likes to put their personal signature on their surroundings and not be limited to the eggshell palette of wall colors typical to many properties. They want to choose their paint color and even be able to adjust floor plans through the use of flexible or sliding walls. Through the use of robotic walls, smaller apartments can now have multiple functions with a touch of a button. MIT is providing the technology for these transformable environments that meet the popular need for spaces that can serve as the home and the workplace.
- Multifunctional apartments. If, for example, an apartment has high ceilings, that extra space is possibly befit for a lofted bed. Fixtures can be built directly into walls and ceilings, and underused spaces—like stairs—can be used for storage space.
- Paying rent and making service requests online.
- 24/7 accessible, well-equipped and maintained fitness centers.
- Free Wifi.
- Utilities included in rent.
- Stainless steel appliances