Less Inventory Means More Time Looking At Fewer Homes
You don't want to feel rushed when choosing a home to buy. It's a big decision and one you'll be living with for many years to come. So it's best to take your time and only make an offer when you find a house that's really right for you. But though that's true, you may wonder along the way if you're taking longer than usual or seeing more homes than the typical home buyer. So how long does the usual home buyer search for a home?
Well, according to the National Association of Realtors, the length of the median home search has gotten longer over the past 30 years. In fact, buyers in 1987 searched a median of seven weeks before buying a house. In recent years, that's risen to as much as 12 weeks – though it's held steady at 10 weeks since 2014. During those 10 weeks, buyers typically look at 10 homes before finding one that fits their needs. That's fewer than it used to be, but not by much. The median number of homes buyers see before purchasing has generally been between 10 and 12 homes for the past 30 years.