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Baby Boomers Are the Richest Home Sellers

March 18, 2021

Baby boomers tended to make up the majority of sellers last year—at 43%—and they also saw the highest profits, too.

Overall, home sellers of all age groups who sold their homes last year saw a median gain of $66,000 more than what they originally purchased for—a $6,000 increase compared to the previous year. But for sellers ages 66 to 74, they saw a median gain of $100,000 in equity, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ “2021 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends” report.

“In a real estate market that is tipped in favor of sellers, boomers and older homeowners are really the ones holding the cards,” says Danielle Hale, realtor.com®’s chief economist.

As the housing market surges, homeowners who’ve been in their homes the longest tend to see the highest profits at resale. Younger baby boomers (those between the ages of 56 to 65) tended to live in their homes a median of 14 years whereas older segment of baby boomers (those between the ages of 66 to 74) had lived in their homes a median of 16 years, according to NAR’s report. The median tenure in a home for the overall population is 10 years.

The primary reason baby boomers cited for selling their home: To purchase a similarly sized home closer to family members and friends. The second most popular reason to sell was to downsize.

The following is a chart broken down by age group of the median equity earned on a home recently sold, according to NAR’s report.

Age of home sellers chart

Source: 
2021 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report,” National Association of REALTORS® (2021) and “It’s a Home Seller’s Market—and Baby Boomers Are Cashing In,” realtor.com® (March 16, 2021)