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Homeowners Staying Put for Longer Than Ever

Aging in place means fewer homes for young homebuyers, according to a new report by Redfin.
November 4, 2019, 6am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Americans are staying in their homes much longer than before, creating a logjam of housing inventory off the market that helps explain why home sales have been sputtering," reports Laura Kusisto in a paywalled article for the Wall Street Journal.

Kusisto is sharing news about the findings of a recent analysis by Redfine, which is also published online. The report finds that the typical U.S. homeowner stays in their homes for 13 years, five more years than reported in 2010.

"In Salt Lake CityHoustonFort WorthSan Antonio, and Dallas homeowners have been in their homes the longest, with typical homeowners in those metros staying in their homes over eight years longer than they did in 2010," according to an article by Daryl Fairweather on the Redfin website. "In many metros that has led to fewer homes available for first-time homebuyers."

Fairweather also lists a comparison of median home tenure in 2010 and 2019 for all 55 metros included in the Redfin analysis. Home tenure increased in all 55 metros, in cities as disparate as Salt lake City, Baltimore, Fort Worth, and Oakland, California.

The list also provides information about the number of homes for sale and median sale prices. Thus, both Refin and Kusisto present the findings of the report with a narrative that complicates thinking about the "aging in place" approach to senior housing, by connecting aging in place with rising housing costs. Fairweather uses San Francisco as a case study of a city where homeowners are staying in place longer than in previous decades, there are fewer homes for sale, and the homes that are for sale are much more expensive.

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