Economists' Outlook

Housing stats and analysis from NAR's research experts.
  • The typical home seller has owned their home for nine years.
  • The median tenure in home has progressively increased over the last several years from a low of 6 years in 2007.
  • Sellers of detached single-family homes, which account for the largest share of homes sold, owned their home for a median of 10 years.
  • Younger sellers tend to have the shortest tenure in the home - those aged 18 to 34 sold their home within six years, compared to those aged 65 to 74 who sold their home after a tenure of 14 years.
  • Sellers with no children in the home had a tenure in home of 11 years versus 7 years for those sellers that had children under 18 years old in the home.
  • For more on the 2011 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, click here.

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