Yes, you read that right: having enough space for furry friends is a top priority for millennials when they're finally ready to purchase their first home.
According to a survey conducted by SunTrust mortgage, 33% of millennial's identified bigger yards and dog-friendly living spaces as a reason for buying.
To put that into perspective - getting married received 25% and having children - just 19%.
SunTrust Mortgage CEO Dorinda Smith explained this shift in priorities from older generations, stating: "Millennials have strong bonds with their dogs, so it makes sense that their furry family members are driving home-buying decisions. For those with dogs, renting can be more expensive and a hassle; home ownership takes some of the stress off by providing a better living situation."
And for those yet to buy a home? 42% indicated that their desire to have a dog would be a key factor in their decision.