Home Buyers Archive

Repeat Buyers Making a Splash More Than First-Time Buyers

One way to examine changes in the housing market is to look at the prior living arrangements of buyers, specifically changes in the last decade. In 2015, 43 percent of all buyers rented an apartment or house before buying....
April 6, 2016

The Look at the Home Search Process Over 35 Years

We dug into our historical records to look at how long home buyers have searched for the homes they purchased over the years and the number of homes they viewed during that process. Our main finding was that despite...
February 23, 2016

Heating your Home for the Holidays

When deciding on a home to purchase, recent buyers took into consideration a variety of different environmental features. The feature that was most important to buyers was heating and cooling costs. Eighty-four percent of recent buyers found heating and...

The Profile of Homeowners and Renters by Metro Area

Based on the American Community Survey 2014, the typical homeowner is 45-54 years old, married, and lives in a single-family detached unit. In contrast, the typical renter is 25-34 years old living alone in multi-unit structures (mostly with 5-9...

Thanksgiving Day: How family and friends can influence the home purchase

This Thanksgiving we look at how recent buyers are choosing their homes, and how their friends and family can influence their decision. While we don’t all get to see our families every day, for many home buyers having the...