Is It Time To Move on to a New Home?

Homeowners are staying in their houses longer - KM Realty Group LLC, Chicago

You’re not alone if you’ve been in your home for over five years. According to recent data from First American, homeowners are staying put much longer than historical averages (see graph below): As the graph shows, before 2008, homeowners sold their houses after an average of just five years.

Today, that number has more than doubled over 10 years. The housing industry refers to this as your tenure.

To explore tenure, it’s important to understand what drives people to make a move. An article from The Balance explores some primary reasons individuals sell their houses. It says:

“People who move for home-related reasons might need a larger home or a house that better fits their needs, . . . Financial reasons for moving include wanting a nicer home, moving to a newer home to avoid making repairs on the old one, or cashing in on existing equity.”

If you’ve been in your home for longer than the norm, chances are you’re putting off addressing one, if not several, of the reasons other individuals choose to move. If this sounds like you, here are a few things to consider:

If your needs have changed, it may be time to re-evaluate your home.

As the past year has shown, our needs can change rapidly. That means the longer you’ve been in your home, the more likely your needs have evolved. The Balance notes several personal factors that could lead to your home no longer meeting your needs, including relationship and job changes.

For example, many workers recently discovered they’d be working remotely indefinitely. If that’s the case for you, you may need more space for a dedicated home office. Other homeowners choose to sell because the number of people living under their roofs changes.

Now more than ever, we’re spending more and more time at home. As you do, consider if your home delivers what you need moving forward.

It’s often financially beneficial to sell your house and move.

One of the biggest benefits of homeownership is the equity your home builds over time. If you’ve been in your house for several years, you may not realize how much equity you have. According to CoreLogic’s latest Homeowner Equity Report, homeowners gained an average of $33,400 in equity over the past year.

That equity, plus today’s low mortgage rates, can fuel a major upgrade when you sell your home and purchase a new one. Or, if you’re looking to downsize, your equity can help provide a larger down payment and lower your monthly payments over the life of your next loan. No matter what, there are significant financial benefits to selling in today’s market.

Bottom Line.

If you’ve been in your home for 5-10 years, now might be the time to explore your options. Today’s low rates and your built-up equity could allow you to address your evolving needs. If you feel it’s time to sell, let’s connect with real estate professionals in Chicago at KM Realty Group LLC.