A Look at Typical U.S. Homebuyers, Sellers

出售Who is the typical homebuyer in America, and what compels him or her to enter today’s real estate market? How is the typical home purchase financed, and how satisfied is the buyer when the deal closes? What about the seller? And what is the role of a real estate professional in this dizzying transaction?

全国房地产经纪人协会每年进行的一项全面的全国调查都在回答这些问题以及更多问题。最新结果,来自2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, also features a selection of regional data from California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii included in NAR’s Pacific region (appearing in parentheses below).


  • 去年首次购房者占美国所有购买的32%(在太平洋地区,此类买家占交易的30%。)
  • The typical buyer was 44 years old and had a median household income of $86,100. Two-thirds were married couples, 15 percent were single women, nine percent were single men, and seven percent were unmarried couples. (The typical Pacific buyer was similar; the only significant difference in statistics was the Pacific buyer’s median income: $97,000.)
  • Thirteen percent purchased a multigenerational home to take care of aging parents, for cost savings, and because adult children are moving back home. (Ditto in the Pacific region.)


  • New homes accounted for 16 percent of purchases. The biggest motivator for purchasing new homes? Buyers said they wanted to avoid renovations and problems with plumbing or electricity. Buyers of previously owned homes most often said that they found them to be better bargains.
  • The median distance between a buyer’s previous home and the one they just bought: 14 miles.
  • The typical home that was recently purchase was 1,900 square feet, had three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and was built in 1991.
  • 买家说,他们预计住在家里a median of 14 years; 23 percent said they are never moving again.


  • For 42 percent of buyers, the first step they took in the homebuying process was to look online at properties for sale; 14 percent first contacted a real estate professional. At the end of the process, 87 percent bought their homes with the help of a real estate professional or broker (91 percent in the Pacific region).
  • Buyers typically searched for 10 weeks and looked at a median of 10 homes.
  • Fifty-nine percent of homebuyers were very satisfied with the process, up from 56 percent one year ago, and 88 percent said they would use their real estate professional again or recommend them to others.


  • Eighty-six percent of buyers financed their home purchase.
  • For 60 percent of homebuyers, the source of their down payment came from their savings; 46 percent of buyers saved six months or less for their down payment. Thirty-eight percent of buyers used proceeds from the sale of a primary residence to finance a home purchase.
  • Eighty percent of buyers said purchasing a home is a good financial investment.


  • 出售房屋的最常见原因是它太小了,随后是工作搬迁,以及渴望与家人和朋友更亲近。
  • Eighty-nine percent of sellers worked with a real estate professional to sell their home (95 percent in the Pacific region).
  • 卖方通常在卖出之前在家中居住了九年,低于上一年报告中的10年。
  • Sellers said they sold their homes for a median of $40,000 more they paid for them.


  • Eight percent of home sales were FSBO transactions, down from nine percent last year and the lowest share recorded since the survey started in 1981.
  • FSBO房屋的售价通常低于房地产专业人员协助的房屋的售价,而210,000美元与245,000美元。

(插图:Flickr/Guy Kilroy)


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