Buyers Archive

Single-Family Homes Are a Buyer’s Best Friend

Overwhelmingly, home buyers have purchased detached single-family homes more than any other type of home in the last 35 years. Since 1981, the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers has collected data on the types of homes purchased throughout...
September 23, 2016

Trading Up and Trading Down: The Times Are A Changin’

Repeat home buyers have the option of trading up for a bigger home, purchasing a home similar in size, and trading down to a smaller home. This change in home size often corresponds to life changes. For instance, empty...
September 21, 2016

Home Buyer and Seller Race and Ethnicity Trends

Since 1997, respondents of the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers have had the option to choose as many or as few options for how they racially and ethnically identify themselves. Using this data, the ethnic and racial diversity...

Attic, Garage, Or Basement. Oh My!

Buyers come from a variety of living arrangements before purchasing a home. Some rented the space they end up purchasing, others owned their previous residence, and others lived with parents or relatives before buying. Since 1989 the Profile of...

All the Single Ladies

Since 1981, single females have been second only to married couples in the home buying market. When the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers started 35 years ago, 11 percent of home buyers were single females. The share of...