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The DC Homebuyer Versus The Montgomery County Homebuyer

by Nena Perry-Brown

A home that sold last year in Takoma Park.

The typical homebuyer in DC and Montgomery County is younger and has a higher income than buyers in the rest of the country. 

This was one of several nuggets of demographic information released in a recent analysis by the National Association of Realtors that delves into who the typical buyers and sellers are in the DC area. 

Typical homebuyer in DC and Montgomery County.

More specifically, the median homebuyer in DC is 38, five years younger than the median homebuyer in Montgomery County. Millennials, defined as 22-40 years old, comprise over half of buyers in DC and just over one-third of buyers in Montgomery County.

The typical DC buyer has a higher income and purchases a higher-priced home than the typical Montgomery County buyer, although DC buyers are only getting a 1,600 square-foot two-bedroom compared to the Montgomery County buyer's 2,300 square-foot three-bedroom. DC homebuyers purchase apartment-style units at twice the rate of Montgomery County homebuyers; over half of purchases in Montgomery County are detached houses.

Typical home-seller in DC and Montgomery County.

The analysis also supposes what the potential home-seller looks like in each jurisdiction. Both the age and income gaps would narrow, with the average DC seller earning $145,000 at 51 years old compared to the average Montgomery County seller earning $154,000 at 54 years old. 

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the-dc-homebuyer-versus-the-montgomery-county-buyer/16634

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