What Today’s Sellers Want

July 26, 2018

 

 

The following information is provided by the Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD).

 

NAR has been administering its annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey since 1981. The survey has grown from 59 to 131 questions, and gives us great insight into the trends, wants and needs associated with the most significant financial decision of most people’s lives: purchasing a primary residence for themselves and their families.

 

In this article, we’re going to dig in a little deeper into the findings from the 2018 version of the survey to focus on sellers:

 

Sellers Are Staying in Their Homes Longer

In the last 30 years, sellers have remained in the same home for longer periods of time. From 1987-2008, sellers stayed in their homes for a median of six years, with the only exception being 1997, when the median tenure bumped up to seven years. After 2008, the median tenure began to increase by one year each year.

 

By 2011, the median tenure reached nine years, where it remained for three consecutive years, and jumped up again in 2014 to 10 years. It decreased to nine years in 2015, but rose in 2016 to a median of 10 years, where it remained in 2017, effectively doubling since data collection started three decades prior.