What is Important to Baby Boomers when Selling

Selling

If you are a “baby boomer” (born between 1946 and 1964), you may be thinking about selling your current home. Your children may have finally moved out. Your large, four-bedroom house with three bathrooms no longer fits the bill. Taxes are too high. Utilities are too expensive. Cleaning and repair are too difficult. You may be ready to move into a home that better fits your current lifestyle. Many fellow boomers have already made the move you may be considering.

The National Association of Realtors recently released their 2019 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Report. The report revealed many interesting tidbits about both categories of baby boomers: younger boomers (ages 54 to 63) and older boomers (64 to 72). Here are a few of the more interesting topics.

Percentage of Buyers who Looked Online First
All Buyers: 44%
Younger Boomers: 46%
Older Boomers: 44%


Where Boomers Found the Home They Purchased
The two major ways buyers found the home they purchased:

All buyers: 50% on the internet, 28% through a real estate agent
Younger Boomers: 46% on the internet, 33% through a real estate agent
Older Boomers: 36% on the internet, 35% through a real estate agent


Distance Seller Moved
The distance between the home they purchased and the home they recently sold was much greater for boomers than the average seller.

All sellers: 20 miles
Younger Boomers: 27 miles
Older Boomers: 50 miles


Tenure in Previous Home of Seller
The percentage of older boomers who lived in their previous home for more than 20 years was almost twice the amount of the average seller.

All sellers: 16%
Younger Boomers: 20%
Older Boomers: 31%


Primary Reason to Sell their Previous Home
Want to move closer to friends or family
Home too large
Retirement


View of Home ownership as a Financial Investment
83% of Younger Boomers see home ownership as a good investment
82% of Older Boomers see home ownership as a good investment


Bottom Line
If you are thinking about selling, now might be the time to contact us to help determine your options. Give us a call at 631-974-9153 Thanks

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