Home Ownership Among Young People Declining

More Young People Are Dealing with High Unemployment & Choosing to Move Back in With Parents

Shifting Attitudes to Blame

Young adults' attitudes toward buying may also have shifted. When prices were rising, many felt certain they could sell at a profit anytime. Now, the real estate bubble has burst, and a quick and profitable sale is by no means guaranteed. 

Add to that the fact that young people, as a whole, are less likely to have married, started a family, or settled into a long-term job. 

"Combine those general tendencies with current economic conditions, and you have a recipe for a very small percentage inclined to and able to lay down roots," Goodman said.