Building for Boomers

“Building for Boomers” – The Daily News, October 2006

When the phone rings in Trey Davis’s office at Coldwell Banker-Flaskerud Realty in Longview, Washington, there’s a good chance a baby boomer will be on the other end.

“I’ve only been in the real estate business for two years,” said Davis, “but the number of my clients who are baby boomers has definitely increased. In most cases, they’re getting ready to retire or they have kids that are moving out of the house. They’re looking for a change.”

Born between 1946 and 1964, baby boomers total 82 million and represent nearly a quarter of the U.S. population. Because the 50-and-over crowd controls more than 40 percent of the nation’s disposable income, contractors and developers are increasingly focused on winning their business. And that means rethinking everything from floor plans to amenities to locations.

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