55% of Buyers Couldn’t Find The Right Home.
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In 2Q 2019 a survey by the NAHB found 55% of potential buyers failed to find a home.
The survey respondents cite the following for their failed home searches:
- An inability to find one at a price they could afford (50%)
- Couldn’t find one in their neighborhood of choice (43%),
- Couldn’t not find one with the features they wanted. (40%)
The share of buyers who consider high prices their biggest barrier has increased 5% from a year ago.
According to the NAHB survey:
- 62% will continue looking for the “right” home in their preferred location.
- 36% are expanding their search area.
- 21% will accept a smaller or older home.
- 16% might consider buying a more expensive home.
- Only 16% of respondents say they’re putting off their house hunt until next year or later and will likely pay more.
Source: “Unaffordable Prices Hold Back Prospective Home Buyers,” National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog (Sept. 5, 2019)