2009 Home Buyers and Sellers Profile from the National Association of Realtors

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has released it’s 2009 profile of home buyers and sellers.  The report is the result of a survey sent to buyers and sellers based on deed transfers and other public records and conducted between July 2008 and June 2009.  Some facts you may find interesting:

  • 47% of all buyers were first time buyers.
  • 62% of first time buyers reported that the primary reason for buying a home was the desire to be a homeowner.
  • The median age of all buyers was 39, the same as last year.
  • 83% of all first time buyers are under the age 44.
  • 62% of all buyers are under age 44.
  • 63% of all buyers had no children under the age of 18 residing at home.

  • 90% of all buyers used the internet to search.
  • 84% of buyers reported the photos to be the most useful information.
  • The number one action taken after viewing a home online was to drive by or visit the home.
  • 66% of buyers reported that they used a print ad to search, but between 84% – 90% (depending on the print medium) reported that those sources were “not useful”.
  • 36% of buyers found the home they purchased through an agent; 36% found the home they purchased online; less than 3% found the home they purchased in a print ad.
  • 77% of buyers purchased their home with an agent.
  • 85% of sellers sold their home with an agent.
  • 39% of the mortgages were FHA loans.
  • 87% of buyers viewed real estate as a good investment.