Saturday 3 December 2016

'Nesters' feel bullied

Published 04/10/2015 | 02:30

'Empty nesters' have been targeted as one of the main contributors to the current housing crisis
'Empty nesters' have been targeted as one of the main contributors to the current housing crisis

Sir - I was absolutely incensed after reading an article entitled 'Families trapped in negative equity are key to solution' written by Maeve Sheehan (Sunday Independent, September 27).

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Apparently, "empty nesters" have been targeted as one of the main contributors to the current housing crisis. "Empty nesters," by the way, is the term used to describe the likes of your parents and mine, who bought their houses many years ago, raised their families, and now find themselves alone again after their children have "flown the nest".

These people now stand accused of contributing to the housing crisis by simply continuing to live where they have lived all their lives, instead of voluntarily selling off their family homes to the new breed of householders who have recently come out of negative equity and wish to trade up. Unbelievably, in the absence of new housing stock, the older generation are expected to do their moral duty to society, by moving aside and making their homes available to this new breed. According to an ERSI study, "demand for older people's homes is about to get even louder as more and more people emerge from negative equity".

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