Posted by: realtormarkpalace | January 6, 2011

Florida Realtors Report: 2010 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 5, 2011 – The 2010 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers in Florida looks at the traits of the state’s current real estate clients, and it identifies the characteristics of today’s homebuyers. It describes the motivations of recent homebuyers and sellers in Florida so real estate professionals can track the changing demands of consumers.

Characteristics of homebuyers

• Forty-four percent of recent homebuyers were first-time owners compared to 50 percent nationwide.
• The typical first-time buyer was 31 years old, while the typical repeat buyer was 54 years old; nationwide, first-time buyers were typically 30 and repeat buyers were 50 years old.
• The 2009 median household income of Florida buyers was $63,300 – slightly lower than the median income of buyers nationwide, $72,200.
• The median income was $53,500 among first-time buyers and $84,300 among repeat buyers.
• Nineteen percent of recent homebuyers were single females, and 11 percent were single males. Nationwide, twenty percent of recent buyers were single females, and 12 percent were single males.
• For 30 percent of recent homebuyers, the primary reason for the home purchase was a desire to own a home.

Characteristics of homes purchased

• New home purchases were at the lowest level in nine years nationwide – 15 percent of all recent home purchases. But in Florida, 18 percent of homes were new.
• The typical home purchased was 1,800 square feet, built in 1998, and it had three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.
• Seventy-eight percent of homebuyers purchased a detached single-family home.
• The median price of a home was $161,000 compared to $179,000 nationwide.
• When considering the purchase of a home, 73 percent of buyers considered commuting costs very or somewhat important.

The home search process

• For four in ten homebuyers, the first step in the home-buying process was looking online for properties.
• Eighty-nine percent of buyers used the Internet to search for homes.
• Real estate agents were viewed as a useful information source by 98 percent of the buyers who used an agent while searching for a home.
• The typical buyer searched for 12 weeks and viewed 15 homes. This compares to 12 weeks and 12 homes viewed by the typical buyer nationwide.

Home buying and real estate professionals

• Seventy-nine percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker.
• Seven percent of buyers purchased a home in foreclosure – slightly higher than the share of buyers nationally.
• Forty-four percent of buyers found their agent through a referral from a friend or family member.
• Seventy-two percent of buyers would definitely use their real estate again or recommend the same agent to others.

Financing the home purchase

• Eighty percent of homebuyers financed their home purchase compared to a much higher percentage, 91 percent, of buyers nationwide.
• The typical buyer financed 93 percent of their home purchase.
• Forty-six percent of buyers said they made some sacrifices, such as reducing spending on luxury items, entertainment or clothing.
• Twenty-eight percent of buyers reported their mortgage application and approval process was somewhat more difficult than expected, and 16 percent reported it was much more difficult than expected.

Home sellers and their selling experience

• A real estate agent assisted 86 percent of home sellers. Nationwide, 88 percent of sellers used a real estate agent when selling their home.
• Recent sellers typically sold their homes for 94 percent of the listing price, and 63 percent reported they reduced the asking price at least once. Among all sellers nationally, sellers typically sold their homes for 96 percent of the listing price, and 57 percent reduced the asking price at least once.
• Thirty-nine percent of sellers offered incentives to attract buyers, most often assistance with home warranty policies and closing costs.

Home selling and real estate professionals

• Thirty-nine percent of sellers who used a real estate agent found their agents through a referral by friends or family, and 23 percent used the agent they worked with previously to buy or sell a home.
• Eighty-eight percent of sellers reported that their home was listed or advertised on the Internet.
• Among recent sellers who used an agent, 81 percent reported they would definitely (61 percent) or probably (20 percent) use that real estate agent again or recommend the agent to others.

For-sale-by-owner (FSBO) sellers

• The share of home sellers who sold their home without the assistance of a real estate agent was 10 percent, or slightly higher than the national share of 9 percent.
• The primary reason that sellers chose to sell their home using a real estate agent was to avoid paying a commission or fee.

Download the complete 2010 Report of Home Buyers and Sellers in Florida here. The report is also available on the Florida Realtors’ website Research page at floridarealtors.org.

© 2011 Florida Realtors®

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