Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc.  - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)

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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

This question came from one of my first-time buyer couples, and asked how long people stay in their homes.   It depends....right Michael Jacobs ?

Jul 20, 2021 11:49 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am a private person and do not discuss such matters in a public ... and rarely in private.  

I wish you all the best with your Poll, Joan. 

Jul 20, 2021 12:16 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Ah, Joan - you are going to have me go deep into my memory bank.  I do remember when I started a new job in Washington DC and I lived in company-paid housing for about six weeks(does that count?).  The longest, likely the home where I grew up - from about three years old until I left for La Jolla California --- just short of 18 years as I recall.  Three states and the District of Columbia.  I have run out of fingers. . .  

Jul 20, 2021 12:06 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

1. No real short times that would get anyone's attention. I'd say one year as I assume you're not counting temporary living situations.

2. Longest time is my current home: 15 consecutive years.

3. I haven't lived in all that many different homes... and are you talking about entire lifetime or as an adult? That would make a difference. In my lifetime, probably 16 homes. As an adult post college... probably 11.

Jul 20, 2021 12:16 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

1) 30 days

2) 5 years

3) 20+

Jul 20, 2021 12:03 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

3 years for short...7 years for long and 8-12 homes in my lifetime lived in

Jul 20, 2021 11:27 AM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

For me, the shortest time in a home would be a temporary rental situation.  For example, in college, I live in an apartment for less than a year.  

Jul 20, 2021 11:14 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

From birth to present?  I'm living in my 9th house. I've owned 5 of them. The shortest time was 6 years in a home I owned. The longest is my current home. I'm in my 17th year.

Jul 20, 2021 12:55 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Shortest time 6years Longest time 18 years and now 12 years...That makes it 3

Jul 20, 2021 12:24 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We had a short term move one time many years ago. We were waiting for work to be completed on our new home.

Our longest time is in our current home. Almost 26 years.

Jul 20, 2021 11:54 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN


1.  Home #2 is the shortest at 7 years.

2.  Home #1 is the longest at 15 years (Home #3 is currently 13 years and counting)

3.  We have owned three homes in 35 years.

Jul 20, 2021 05:52 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 I will only list homes that I owned.  If I included rentals, it would be in the dozens. 


1.  One year


2.  15 years


3.   I lost count!   Maybe 6?

Jul 20, 2021 03:54 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

The shortest time will be three years for the house we are currently in.  The longest was 20 years and we have lived in three homes since 1990.

Jul 21, 2021 09:54 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I am a first time buyer. I guess that I can call myself that having bought only one home in my life and that was over 40 years ago.

I think I lived in 6 homes before that.

Shortest time in any one was 5 months.

Jul 20, 2021 07:09 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

1-shortest time - 4 month in rental home while waiting for home to be built

2-not counting parents home growing up, longest time was 8 years.

3-not counting growing up with my parents, I have lived in 9 homes - includes rentals.

Jul 20, 2021 07:05 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

3 months

33 years



Jul 20, 2021 05:02 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Homes in my life or my adult life and not including apartments/rentals?

In my life I have lived in 4 different single-family homes (not rented). The shortest is 3 years the longest is 36 years

Including rentals would be the 4 + 7 = 11 total

Jul 20, 2021 04:40 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

First home, less than 2 years. Had to buy bigger home and do over carriage house to create real estate office. Raised four kids in that home as single full time dad with real estate office a brisk walk, a 32 foot long commute to work. 40 years here and counting. Lake home bought 36 years ago. Family farm bought 20 years ago. Extra neighboring lake log cottage purchased 5 years ago. Oldest daughter, husband who telecommutes to Nike job and grand child number 2 are next door and work/vacationing there now.  So shortest, under 2 years. Longest time 40 years. Haved "lived" in homes I bought and owned number ... 3 places. 

Jul 21, 2021 03:27 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

1.  A week or so back in college.

2. I have some that I have owned for over 30 years.

3. That would take some figuring to get even close to that number.  My wife says we are never moving again, yet she still looks at the listings that I have sent to her.

Jul 20, 2021 11:36 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

We have owned four homes.  The first home was the shorttest one owned at two years.  The third one was the second longest at fifteen years.  We have been in our current home for the longest period of time at sixteen years.

Jul 21, 2021 12:18 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Wow. An eyeopener.  Between immigrating from Germany to Canada to US, I moved around quite a bit, pretty much all in my youth. Now settled in Carmel-by-the-Sea since 1995. 

Jul 21, 2021 10:54 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

1. 7 yrs

2. Nearly 21 yrs and counting

3. Counting childhood homes, 5

Jul 21, 2021 04:39 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

1. less than a year

2. 18 years

3. 11

Jul 21, 2021 04:34 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Home or location?  Have lived in 2 homes on the same property now for over 30 years - it's hard to move when you've created your own perfect estate.

Jul 23, 2021 06:43 PM