A couple weeks ago, we lamented the dearth of young adults venturing out on their own. Indeed, Pew Research , a think tank, reports that nearly one in four young adults (age 25-to-34) still live with their parents, more than double the 11% who lived with their parents in 1980. We reasoned that many of these young adults have either poor job prospects or are weighted down by onerous student-loan debt.

home buyerPerhaps we over-reacted a bit. Now, it appears more of these young adults are willing to become actual adults by moving out on their own. What's more, many of them are buying a home. Trulia reports that the number of young adults age 18-to-34 who became homeowners rose 0.9% in 2013. Trulia's data contrast with Census Bureau data that show ownership fell by 0.1%.

More millennials entering the market would be the start of an important housing trend. Better yet, it would be the start of a trend with considerable staying power.

A large percentage of young adults out of the housing market is a source of large pent-up demand, which could lift overall demand for years to come. As more millennials enter the market, they will have a ripple effect that will lead to more demand for more expansive homes. As millennials become more established in their jobs, they'll naturally seek to trade up.

Living with mom and dad is comfortable, but unhealthy as an adult. Eventually everyone has to make a break. This basic fact of life bodes well for housing over the long term.

Information provided by Jessica Regan.

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