The typical home seller this year

I was surprised to learn that the national average age of home sellers in 2023 was 60. I would have guessed younger. Here are some numbers from the National Association of Realtors seller profile for the last year:

  • The typical home seller was 60 years old, unchanged from last year.
  • For all sellers, the most commonly cited reason for selling their home was the desire to move closer to friends and family (23%), because the home is too small (13%), or a change in the family situation such as marriage, divorce, or new child (10%).
  • Sellers typically lived in their home for 10 years before selling. Among seven of the last 10 years, the typical tenure has been 10 years.
  • 39% of sellers traded up to a larger home and 33% purchased a smaller home.
  • 89% of home sellers worked with a real estate agent to sell their home, 7% sold via FSBO, and less than 1% sold via iBuyer.
  • For recently sold homes, the final sales price was a median of 100% of the final listing price, maintaining last year’s highest recorded since 2002.
  • Recently sold homes were on the market for a median of two weeks, unchanged from last year.
  • 92% of sellers were at least somewhat satisfied with the selling process.
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Home buyers love to ask why the house is on the market and why the owners are moving. The answer is almost always about some kind of a change in their circumstances rather than some big problem with the house.

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