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Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2014 6:41 pm

People buy and sell homes for a variety of reasons. Understanding their motivation and their experiences is the goal of the annual Profile of Buyers and Sellers survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

For 2013’s report, NAR polled more than 148,000 people from across the country who purchased a home between July 2012 and July 2013. A total of 8,767 responses were received, providing detailed insight into one of the largest financial transactions most people ever will make. Here’s a glimpse into a few of the survey highlights.

Multiple generations under one roof: 14 percent of buyers purchased a multi-generational home. Children over the age of 18 moving back into the house, cost savings, and health and caretaking of aging parents were cited among the reasons.

Buyers range from Gen Y to baby boomers: 42 was the age of the typical home buyer, while the typical first-time buyer was 31 and the typical repeat buyer was 52.

Median income is robust: The median income of all buyers surveyed was $83,300. The number was slightly lower among first-time buyers ($64,400) and slightly higher ($96,000) among repeat buyers.

Married couples dominated the market: 66 percent of recent home buyers were married — the highest share since 2001.

Single-family, detached homes rule: 80 percent of the buyers who responded to the survey favored this type of residence.

The Internet is your friend: For 42 percent of home buyers, the first step in the home buying process was looking online for properties. The use of the Internet in the home search rose slightly to 92 percent this year.

Patience pays off: The typical home buyer searched for 12 weeks and viewed 10 homes before landing on the perfect one.

The price is right: Recent sellers typically sold their homes for 97 percent of the listing price, and 47 percent reported they reduced their asking price at least once.

Changes in family situations, jobs and positions in life are among the reasons why people buy a home. Figuring out what makes buyers and sellers tick is the key to understanding, ultimately, who they are.

• Andy Warren is president of Maracay Homes, the Arizona subsidiary of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company. He serves on the board of directors for the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona and Greater Phoenix Leadership; as well as the board of directors and as an Executive Committee member with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

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Keystone Montessori

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing

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• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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