This is the average age of South African home buyers – and it is much older than a decade ago

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  • The average age of a South African home buyer has increased from 38 years to more than 44 this year.
  • The percentage of home buyers older than 70 has rocketed by 400%, and those older that 60 have doubled.
  • Only 12% of buyers are now younger than 30.

The average age of South African home buyers is increasing – from 40 years in December 2008, to older than 44 in April this year. In 1980, the average buyer was only 38 years old.

This is according to new data released by FNB which look at the estimated average age of all South African home buyers (first-timers included).

The percentage of property buyers younger than 30 has fallen from more than 22% in 1980 to 12.4% in 2018. As recently as 2007, almost a fifth of home buyers were under the age of 30%.

Even thirtysomething…

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