Real Estate Buyers Comparisons, 1999 vs. 2009

In the last decade, a lot has changed in the real estate industry from how buyers go through the process to how prices have changed while some things haven’t changed like the median age of buyers, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS.

Below are some real estate buyer comparisons of 1999 and 2009:

1.  1999: 37% of buyers searched for a home online. 2009: 90% of buyers searched for a home online.

2.  1999: median home value is $137,600. 2009: median home value is $172,600 (but not that some reports reflect that when accounting for inflation, the value hasn’t changed at all this decade).

3.  1999: 82% of buyers purchased detached, single family homes. 2009: 78% of buyers purchased detached, single family homes.

4.  1999: 46% of buyers choose suburban neighborhoods. 2009: 54% of buyers choose suburban neighborhoods.

5.  1999: 68% of buyers were married couples. 2009: 60% of buyers are married couples.

6.  1999 and 2009: the median age for buyers was 39.

7.  1999 and 2009: “neighborhood quality, affordability, and convenience to work and school have consistently been top priorities.”

Overall the only major shift has been in the rise of online search which was predictable.  Which stats most strike you?

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

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Sincerely,

"Carolina Joe" Idleman
http://www.carolinajoe.com
 

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