Family makeup shifts with time

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Families US

In working with buyers many Realtors have noted over time that the U.S. family structure has been changing from the "Leave it to Beaver", "Father Knows Best", nuclear family to many singles and other family categories.

Many new home buyers are single women, either who have always been single or are coming out of a prior relationship.

It is important to not think of family always in the traditional sense with the two to four kids and two parents in house but that family may be of many forms nowadays. Each has their own needs.

And in this holiday season, family extends to friends as well that may be as close if not closer than real family members. Family is what you feel is your family. Those that truly care about you no matter what!

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Jen Hudson
Windermere Real Estate/M2, LLC - Stanwood, WA
Stanwood, Camano & Arlington, WA
Gary, great point!  Of all the buyers I worked with last year, approximately 50% were either single people or families with no plans for kids.  They decided to put their career first and I can respect that.  It was quite an awakening and now I take a completely different approach to interviewing buyers and finding out what they really need.
Dec 20, 2007 12:09 PM #1
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Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
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Gary,

It's liberating to be able to define family outside the conventional norms. I also believe family is whatever you make it. What I found surprising in the chart, was that the number of married people without children has actually gone down.

Sandy

Dec 20, 2007 12:14 PM #2
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Nancy Pav
Long & Foster - Ashburn, VA
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I think we're going to see more parents of grown children moving in too!  I bought a house with a 1st floor bedroom for just that reason.
Dec 20, 2007 12:19 PM #3
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Jen: Times change, and there are so many forms of families nowadays.

Sandy: Some ethnic classes are putting off having children or don't want children while others have more than two.

Nancy: We also see the 30 to 45 year old children moving back in with their parents due to the economy. Very different groupings today.

Dec 20, 2007 12:33 PM #4
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Keith Perry
Coldwell Banker - Hiram, GA
REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta
Great points Gary! As far as grown children living at home, it was not very long ago to find three generations or more in the same home.
Dec 20, 2007 12:58 PM #5
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Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Gary,

You make some good points on this post. I work with a lot of single buyers myself.

Dec 20, 2007 04:28 PM #6
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Keith & Robin: Multiple blood relatives under the same roof - we've come full circle now haven't we??

Lynda: I think we are all seeing more single buyers for various reasons these days.

Dec 20, 2007 05:52 PM #7
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Marey Hoeppner
Kalamazoo, MI
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Gary, good point made.  I agree family is what you feel is your family. Have a good night.

Dec 20, 2007 06:32 PM #8
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Tom Plant
WINEormous.com - Murrieta, CA
Gary - Excellent food for thought. Everything is in flux, and it's crucial to keep your finger on the pulse. Thanks.
Dec 21, 2007 08:34 AM #9
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