If you are, then you are part of the largest group of home buyers so far in 2012….great information to use when developing the marketing plan for your home. Below is some of the highlights of the recent survey by the National Association of Realtors of Buyers and Sellers, who they are, and what they are doing in 2012:
39 percent of recent home buyers were first-time buyers, a slight rise from 2011, but closer to the historical norm of 40 percent.
65 percent of recent home buyers were married couples—the highest share since 2001. Conversely there was the lowest share of single buyers since 2001.
For 52 percent of home buyers, the first step in the home-buying process was taken online.
The typical home buyer searched for 12 weeks and viewed 10 homes—a decline from 12 homes in prior year, which speaks to the tightened inventory in many areas.
89 percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker, similar to last year’s report—a share that steadily increased from 69 percent in 2001.
88 percent of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent when selling their home.
Only 9 percent of recent sellers sold via FSBO sale. Among FSBO sellers who did not know the buyer prior to the sale—20 percent sold via FSBO because the buyer directly contacted them.
Approximately two-thirds of home sellers only contacted one agent before selecting the one to assist with their home sale.
2013—-GOAL IS 500 MILES THIS YEAR!!!
Winter Weight!!! and cold!! has kept me off the trail, plus injuries….and too much chocolate cake! How can any human gain weight so fast? No more Red Robin Mud pie for me!
Sugar loaf mountain, maryland. St. Patrick’s Day!!!!! 6 miles…….it got me back on the trail, even though this winter I felt like I was freezing to death!!!! 441 miles to go!!
February-447 miles to go!
-Camp Meadows, Syria, VA 2 miles—-two miles of straight up, freezing cold, numb feet, swollen knee, freezing fingers, 38 degree incline, wondering why oh why oh why!!!?? Can’t wait for spring! didn’t make it all the way up, half way was good.
January-449 miles to go!
-Ocala National Forest=51.2 miles AWESOME!!!!!
When I started hiking about two years ago, I figured it would only take a few months, to where I could “Climb the tallest mountain”! …meaning one of those in the Shenandoah National Park, the most beautiful area of Virginia. Two years later, I’m still wondering when that will be an easy trip!
From heat exhaustion to almost frost bite, poison ivy on a continuous basis, bug bites that I’m always allergic too, twisted ankles, smashed up knees, a cracked rib, contusion on my spleen, small crack on my nose, sore feet, sore legs, sore butt, really sore back, etc. that all leads to lots of lots of lots of lots of fun!! The overall result is I’m a better person…..and a better Realtor!
…….So here is a small part of my Real Estate blog that is about Hiking…..pictures from the last two years, but mostly my progress from December 2012 and forward.
I’ll share some of the hikes I’ve hiked, people who hike, those who inspire me to hike, and of course, great places to hike in the local DC area.
So come along for the ride…I’ll show you where I came from struggling at 3 miles flat to leading a 9 mile round trip up to Mary’s Rock and back (elevation at 700 to start, climb to 3600 feet!)…and share where I’m going from here! 2013 GOAL IS 500 MILES! THAT’S 10 MILES PER WEEK!
See you on the Trail,