Mortgage Watch | April 8, 2019

NAR report tells all about today’s buyers and sellers

The stats are in. Each year the National Association of Realtors puts put its Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report, and this year is no different. The report is based on a 129-question survey filled out by nearly 7,200 people who bought a home between July 2018 and June 2019.

What was found is that millennial buyers aren’t all that different from their boomer parents when reaching a certain age. Instead of flocking to luxury condo towers, 82% of them are clamoring for affordable, single-family homes, often in the suburbs.

“They tend to have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and clock in at roughly 1,900 square feet. Median sold price: $250,000,” according to‘s Clare Trapasso. She quotes the NAR’s research analyst Jessica Lautz: “All generations are pushed to the suburbs today for affordability and the types of amenities they’re looking for. They’re looking for places that are convenient to their jobs and friends and family and in the school district of choice.”

More than half of buyers surveyed, 51%, flocked to the burbs. An additional 20% chose small towns, while 13% picked rural areas. That means only 14% of buyers are buying homes in urban areas—barely up from 13% the previous year, even though millennials were the most likely to be city dwellers, at 17%, a slight increase from 15% last year.

So who is in the market? While the median buyer was 46 years old, millennials make up 37% of buyers with many of those being the leading edge of the age range. Boomers were the second-largest group of buyers, at 32%, followed by Gen Xers, at 24%, and the silent generation, at 7%. And a full third of all home shoppers were neophytes (first-timers.)

63% are married folk. But the report found that twice as many single women were buyers than their male counterparts, with many of them aged 54 and older. Unmarried couples made up 8% of buyers.

“The top reason for purchasing a property was a desire to achieve the American dream of homeownership,” says Trapasso. “About 29% of respondents cited this in the survey. Next up was wanting a bigger abode, at 9%; wanting to be closer to family and friends, at 8%; a job-related move, at 8%; a change in family circumstances, at 7%; and simply wanting to live in a nicer area, at 7%.”

Look for more data about today’s home buyers and home sellers by going to the web site and clicking the “research and statistics” link.

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Tim Morissette, also known in the community as Mr. Foothill Ranch, offers over 46 years of real estate experience which has given him an established reputation and unmatched market knowledge. He is joined by his wife, Michele and sons Matt and Jeff, as they continue to offer personal service with an emphasis on achieving his clients’ real estate goals.  This unique combination of traits has led to his proven track record of referral and repeat business. This can be witnessed by the trust of homeowners in Foothill Ranch where he has sold twice as many homes and represented three times more buyers than the next-leading real estate agent for the last 26 years.

As residents of Foothill Ranch since 1994, Tim and Michele are actively involved in the community by fundraising for Foothill Ranch Library, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Cancer Society, Homes for Habitat, Relay for Life, South County Outreach, and the local church and schools. Tim enjoys sponsoring community-wide garage sales, paper shredding and e-waste recycling event, an Easter egg hunt, & a Meet Santa Event.

Tim and Michele are dedicated to their family of four sons, daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren. As a family, they enjoy many outdoor activities which include camping, spearfishing, mountain climbing and exploring the miles of hiking and equestrian trails in Foothill Ranch and the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Tim and his sons are also avid snowboarders and enjoy mountain biking and lobster diving. Family is a top priority in the Morissette household. They look forward to helping more families achieve their dreams of homeownership.