The 2011 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers describes the characteristics and motivations of recent home buyers and sellers in Maine and across the country.  When examining a profile of those who actually purchased a home during the last twelve months it is interesting to review differences and similarities between the traits of buyers of homes in Maine versus other parts of the United States.

  • 44% of recent home buyers were first-time buyers in Maine, compared to a national level of 37% – a drop from 50% in 2010
  • The typical buyer in Maine was 43 years old, while nationally the typical buyer was 45 years old, a jump from 39 years old in 2010
  • The 2010 median household income of buyers was $63,900 in Maine and $80,900 nationally. The median income was $52,500 among first-time buyers and $73,500 among repeat buyers, compared to $62,400 among first-time buyers and $96,600 among repeat buyers nationally.
  • Nationally, 64% of recent home buyers were married couples – the highest level since 2001. In Maine, the figure was 53%. O recent home buyers, 18% were single females nationally – the lowest level since 2004; In Maine females represented 23%.
  • For 27% of recent home buyers nationally, the primary reason for their recent home purchase was a desire to own a home. In Maine, this was the primary reason for 32% of home buyers.

Although Maine results track the national trend, it is interesting that in 2011 the percentage of first-time home buyers in Maine was considerably higher than the national average.  The average age was also lower, which is not surprising.