With school-aged children in your home, buying or selling a house can take on a whole different approach when it comes to finding the right size, location, school district, and more.
Recently, the 2019 Moving with Kids Report from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) studied “the different purchasing habits as well as seller preferences during the home buying and selling process.” This is what they found:
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Purchasing a Home
The significant difference between homebuyers who have children and those who do not is the importance of the neighborhood. 53% said the quality of the school district is an important factor when purchasing a home, and 50% select neighborhoods by the location of the schools.
Buyers with children also purchase larger, detached single-family homes with four bedrooms and two full bathrooms at approximately 2,110 square feet.
Furthermore, 26% noted how childcare expenses delayed the home-buying process and forced additional compromises: 31% in the size of the home, 24% in the price, and 18% in the distance from work.
Selling a Home
Of those polled, 23% of buyers with children sold their home “very urgently,” and 46% indicated “somewhat urgently, within a reasonable time frame.” Selling with urgency can pressure sellers to accept offers that are not in their favor. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, explains,
“When buying or selling a home, exercising patience is beneficial, but in some cases – such as facing an upcoming school year or the outgrowing of a home – sellers find themselves rushed and forced to accept a less than ideal offer.”
For sellers with children, 21% want a real estate professional to help them sell the home within a specific time frame, 20% at a competitive price, and 19% to market their home to potential buyers.
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Buying or selling a home can be driven by different priorities when you are also raising a family. If you are a seller with children and are looking to relocate, give us a call. We can help you navigate the process in the most reasonable time frame for you and your family.