The 2009 National Association of REALTORS Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers Highlights

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The 2009 National Association of REALTORS Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers Highlights

The 2009 National Association of REALTORS Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers Highlights

Characteristics of Home Buyers

- Forty-seven percent of recent home buyers were first-time buyers.

- The typical first-time home buyer was 30 years old, while the typical repeat buyer was 48 years old.

- The 2008 median household income of buyers was $73,100. The median income was $61,600 among first-time buyers and $88,100 among repeat buyers.

- Twenty-one percent of recent home buyers were single females, and 10 percent were single males.

- For one-third of recent home buyers, the primary reason for the recent home purchase was a desire to own a home.

Characteristics of Homes Purchased

New home purchases were at the lowest level in eight years—down to 18 percent of all recent home purchases.

The typical home purchased was 1,800 square feet in size and was built in 1991.

Seventy-eight percent of home buyers purchased a detached single- family home.

The median price of home purchased was $210,000 in the Northeast, $158,000 in the Midwest, $175,000 in the South, and $240,000 in the West.

When considering the purchase of a home, commuting costs were considered very or somewhat important by 78 percent of buyers.
the home searCh ProCess

For more than one-third of home buyers, the first step in the home-buying process was looking online for properties.

Nine in ten home buyers and 94 used the Internet to search for homes.

Real estate agents were viewed as a very useful information source by 81 percent of buyers who used an agent while searching for a home.

The typical home buyer searched for 12 weeks and viewed 12 homes.

Home Buying and Real Estate Professionals

Seventy-seven percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker.

Ten percent of buyers purchased a home in foreclosure, up from 3 percent in 2008.

Forty-four percent of buyers found their agent through a referral from a friend or family member.



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Comments (3)

Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR

Thanks for sharing Janie.  Those are some interesting statistics.  I was surprised by the large percentage of single female home buyers.

Dec 30, 2009 04:04 AM
Frank Kliewer
Woodinville, WA

Good information Janie, I'll study this data more to form a strategy for 2010. The very best to you in the New Year!

Dec 30, 2009 04:10 AM
Darren Revell
Keller Williams Realty Temecula Valley - Temecula, CA

Thanks for the info.  Though we are in Canada, a lot of the stats help us here as well. 

Dec 30, 2009 04:12 AM