Guess Which Buyers Have Joined the Luxury Homebuyer Ranks?

    The media love to promote the idea that our millennial generation is so saddled by student debt that they require a bailout from the American taxpayer.

    Guess what? That’s hogwash.

    In reality, according to an Experian survey of student loan debt, Gen X and baby boomers, each hold more student loan debt than millennials.

    According to a different Experian survey, fewer than half of millennials (42 percent) claim they have never been denied credit. Most surprising is that “… 66 percent of millennials have no student debt at all,” claims the Boston Globe’s Beth Akers.

    More important, at least for real estate agents targeting millennial homebuyers, there are more than half a million millionaires in the millennial generation, and “… 93% of them have a net worth ranging from $1 to $2.49 million,” according to Mark Politi at, citing Coldwell Banker research.

    Recent Engel & Völkers Trend Report surveys find that many have a higher net worth. Of the Americans looking to buy a home for more than $3 million dollars (so-called “peak luxury buyers”), nearly 60% are members of the millennial generation.

    The number of younger millionaires will explode with the baby boomer inheritance wealth transfer over the next few decades. And according to the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury study, they will shop for high-end homes.

    How can you position yourself to be the go-to agent for this cohort?

    Carve out your space on social media

    Yes, it takes time, but engaging with others on social media is critical to attracting these luxury homebuyers. Remember, the millennial generation was our first to grow up online.

    However, not every social media platform is right for real estate agents. Keep your target market in mind in choosing where to market. For instance, millennials, born between 1977 to 1995, are, in 2023, between the ages of 28 and 46.

    Older 40+ millennials are the wealthiest, with the top 1% net worth at nearly $8 million. The top 1% in the 35 to 39 age group is worth more than $4 million. The youngest group’s top 1 percent is about $600,000, according to Levi Rasmussen at

    These statistics should help when choosing which platform to use. Check its demographics to ensure it attracts your target audience.

    “There is often a misconception among luxury brands and marketers that digital marketing is incompatible with the luxury industry,” according to Rumble Romagnoli with Relevance, a “… luxury digital marketing agency.”

    People believe that UHNWIs [Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals] do not engage in social media, do not make online purchases, etc., or that if they do, it is only through super-exclusive social media sites or at private member’s clubs. This is absolutely not the case,” he concludes. 

    LinkedIn and Facebook are two of the best social media platforms an agent can use to target this audience. You might also consider Instagram ads, Romagnoli suggests.

    Concentrate on emphasizing your expertise in both the luxury market and the local real estate market in general.

    Erin Nicole Davis, citing an Engel & Volkers luxury homebuyer trend report, adds that “… real estate professionals who provide a personalized, high-touch experience when working with these buyers” will be the winners.

    Bonus: You may just end up rolling in referrals!

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    Lisa is an accomplished marketer with years of expertise in direct response marketing, digital marketing, data analytics and business development working with both B2C and B2B.