Home Furnishings Marketers: Prepare to Get Comforable
The market for luxury home furnishings gets a bounce as the high-end housing market recovers with customers looking for calm after the recession's storm.
August 2012 Stevens, PA -- Finally, the nation's housing market is showing signs of recovery which will bring new opportunities for marketers that sell furniture, home furnishings, appliances, remodeling products and other home-related goods. The National Association of Realtors just released news that existing-home sales rose 10.4 percent in July from last year, while the price of an average home was up 9.4 percent. If current trends continue, that will make 2012 the first year since 2005 in which the number of homes sold and the price they typically sell for rose.
For marketers targeting homeowners at the higher-end of the housing market, there is even more good news in the NAR report. The share of existing-home buyers that are trading up is higher in 2012, as first-time, entry-level home buyers accounted for only about one-third of recent purchasers this year. Historically, first-time buyers make up some 40 percent of home purchasers.