Skip to main content

The Data Shows...

I am a data person. I love to see stats and monitor trends. I do it in ministry, I do it in politics (I am a political junkie and love election season with debates, watching ads, and monitoring exit polls!), and I do it in real estate.

The great thing about data is that it just...is. If the information is collected properly, you can't argue it. You can work to change it, but what it tells you just is!

That said, the National Association of Realtors, or NAR, constantly monitors buyer and seller data. It helps those of us in the industry see what is happening and know where the market is going. If we see certain trends, they might tell us that the market is a buyers or sellers market. This data then lets us help you, our clients and customers, better understand your position as you look to buy or sell.

Recently, the NAR released some info on the 2017 market that helps us see the bigger picture of where the housing market is. Take a look at the date NAR provided:

Home Buyer Statistics

  • First-Time vs. Repeat Buyers:
    • First-time buyers: 34%
    • Median age of first-time buyers: 32
    • Median age of repeat buyers: 54
    • Median household income of first-time buyers: $75,000
    • Median household income of repeat buyers: $97,000
  • The typical home purchased was 1,870 square feet in size, was built in 1991, and had three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
  • Among those who financed their home purchase, buyers typically financed 90% of the home price.
  • 87% of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker—a share that has steadily increased from 69 percent in 2001.
  • Buyers who would use their agent again or recommend their agent to others: 89%
  • Where buyers found the home they purchased:
    • Internet: 51%
    • Real estate agent: 30%
    • Yard sign/open house sign: 7%
    • Friend, relative or neighbor: 6%
    • Home builder or their agent: 5%
    • Directly from sellers/Knew the sellers: 2%
    • Print newspaper advertisement: Less than 1%

What does this tell us? Well, many things. But for me, it says a few key things to consider:
1) Most people are working with agents when buying or selling. Why? Because we are trained professionals and can help you negotiate the best deal and navigate the potential obstacles that come in buying or selling.
2) Service is important! If 89% of buyers would recommend their agent, then that means that most agents are doing good work. I would agree with that generally. Most agents I know are doing good work! 
That's why I want to do great work, to set myself apart as someone who works on your behalf to help you realize your objectives in buying or selling. That's why I believe working with HUFF Realty is so wonderful, because they provide the best tools and support. My team, which includes people in IT, marketing, finance, and even relocation (for those moving to this market from outside or moving away) works together to make sure that you have what you need, that you get the best deal, and that you are able to make the best possible decision for your family and situation! 
Not every agent or brokerage has the resources that I do!
  • A specialized marketing plan for you to sell that utilizes social media in multiple forms, open houses as necessary, and an international marketing platform
  • A mobile App that can help you as a buyer see info about a house you're interested in, and take you to others in the area. It also allows you to search for open houses and get directions to them all the time!
  • A netwwork of hundreds of agents who are working with buyers and sellers as a team, not in competition. Working together, we can find your dream home or help you sell faster!

So, if you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell, let me know. Because I have the tools, the passion, and the ability to help you accomplish your objectives in a way that many others don't!
So contact me today if you want to know about the market for your home, or if you want details on a what kind of houses have the features you are looking for! I'd love to help you buy or sell, and help you see that there are good agents...and then there is THE Real Estate Pastor!
Blessings,

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

5 Fights Couples Have When Buying a House

When my wife and I bought our home in the Northern Kentucky area, it was quite an experience. We had a great Realtor® with whom I am now privileged to work. I can only imagine the things he must have thought about us, showing up to look at houses with our two young boys, talking about if a room was big enough...what was that smell...why would they put the switch over here...

Ah, those were the days!

Thankfully, we didn't actually fight (that I remember) about anything considering a house. We both had a concept together of what we wanted, and a price range. And outside of those things, I didn't care as long as she was happy. No really, I didn't! As long as I could have air conditioning and hot water, I was good!

However, that is not the experience everyone has.

Today, I am actually going to share a link that will take you to Realtor.com. The article was written earlier this year by Stephanie Barth, a writer, and contributor to several publications. She took this concept of…

When The Neighbors Don't Care

A home that isn't being maintained like others in the neighborhood can negatively affect your visual sense of appeal and in some extreme cases, even affect property values. It might be an overgrown yard, a fence in need of repair, excessive noise, unruly pets, paint peeling on the home or even a car or boat parked in front of the home that hasn't moved in weeks.

Most people want to be good neighbors and may be willing to correct an issue once it is brought to their attention. A practical, but possibly confrontational, solution is to contact the responsible person and describe your perception of the issue. However, they may not always agree with the same urgency and it might be necessary to seek other remedies.


An owner-occupant may be more sympathetic to the neighbors and willing to correct the issue. If you think the home might be a rental property, check with the county tax records to identify the owner. They may be unaware of the situation and welcome the…

Don't Let A Killer In

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer you don't want in your home but because it is colorless and odorless; you may not even be aware the deadly condition exists. The Center for Disease Control says more than 400 people in the U.S. die annually from carbon monoxide poisoning and over 10,000 require medical treatment each year.


Unmaintained furnaces, water heaters and appliances can produce the deadly gas. In addition, other sources could be leaking chimneys, unvented kerosene or gas space heaters or exhaust from cars or trucks operating in an attached garage.
The Environmental Protection Agency suggests the following to reduce exposure in the home:
Keep gas appliances properly adjustedInstall and use an exhaust fan vented to the outdoors over gas stovesOpen flues when fireplaces are in useDo not idle car inside garageHave a trained professional inspect, clean and tune-up central heating systems annually Headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and feelings of weakness or fat…