“Home sweet home,” I thought as I set the last box down and looked around at the cluttered space. A friend of mine mentioned that I should check out Portland Oregon apartments for rent, and that is what I did. Having lived in the area, but wanting to relocate, I was faced with the choice of finding an apartment or investing in a home. Most Millennials find themselves, or will sometime soon find themselves, in a similar situation.
While having a home of your own may sound like an enticing passage of adulthood to embark upon, you may want to think twice before applying for that mortgage.
It’s no secret that most of us Millennials seem to have some case of wanderlust, and we’ve got it bad. We care more for experiences than for things and the desire to acquire these experiences runs deep. It is almost as if our life choices are guided by the need to satisfy our wanderlust above all else. In this pursuit to quench our travel thirsts, having a flexible living option is a must. Month to month leases for apartments is perfect for those of us who need the flexibility to throw our few belongings in storage and the rest of them in a pack when we head off to Europe for a few months.
Another benefit of having flexibility with your living quarters is our chronic case of job indecisiveness. Millennials are more likely to have a greater number of different careers than any other previous generation. With frequent job changes, come frequent moves. Investing in a home limits these opportunities and ties you down to what’s available where you are instead of being free to move with where next career interest lies.
Apartment living also provides a realistic living option for current lifestyle trends. The standard dream of a white picket fence and family with two kids has become a thing of the very past. People are getting married and starting families later in life (if at all) and Millennials certainly fall into this category. There is simply no need for a large house when there is no one to fill it. Thus, living in an apartment is a much more appropriate option.
And let’s not forget about the money. The housing mark is finally starting to make a comeback, which is great if you’re trying to sell. However, these rising housing prices make most homes out of budget for Millennials still struggling to pay back crippling college debt. This leaves apartment living as the way to go.
Even though the apartment you choose most likely won’t be your first and last, it’s still yours. It’s still your place to call home, just like other living options. So if you’re in the Portland area, you should check out Portland Oregon apartments for rent, or apartments wherever you are. It’s the only option that fits your millennial wanderlust, career, lifestyle, and budget and still provides you with a sense of place and pride.