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Studies & Research

Our Research Team has analyzed dozens of public and proprietary data sets to study trends in real estate, personal finance and more. Our work has been featured in major publications including CNBC, Yahoo Finance, the MarketWatch and more.

Featured Study: Recent Home Buyers Experience COVID-19-Induced Fears

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Francesca Ortegren


June 11, 2020


Real Estate, Personal Finance, COVID-19

Key Insights
  • 2020 home buyers are more than twice as likely to report feelings of anxiety and stress than home buyers who bought in the last 5 years, and they're less likely to report feelings of comfort, security, happiness, and pride

  • Roughly 75% of 2020 home buyers reported feeling concerned about paying their mortgage due to COVID-19-related financial hardships.

  • In spite of COVID-19 fears, it's still a seller's market. 42% of homeowners who bought during the pandemic reported entering a bidding war

  • 55% of 2020 home buyers reported that at least one person who typically contributes financially to housing costs has lost their job since purchasing their home

  • 63% of home buyers who bought in the beginning of 2020 reported being concerned about their home going underwater compared to 53% of people who bought during the pandemic.

  • 37% of recent homeowners have taken out more than $2,000 in non-mortgage debt since purchasing their home

  • Nearly one-quarter of recent buyers have less than $1,000 in emergency savings

  • 23% of home buyers who bought during the pandemic reported never entering the home in person, only viewing photos or doing a virtual tour

  • Regrets of homeownership are largely related to worries about the value of one's home as a result of the pandemic

The data in this report were gathered from an online survey on May 31 through June 2, 2020. The only restriction for participation was that respondents were 18 or older, lived in the United States, and had purchased a home between January and May of 2020.

We collected data from 1,000 homeowners who each answered up to 21 questions (some were dependent on answers to other questions, so not all respondents answered all of the questions).

You can view the results of the survey here.


Housing & Real Estate


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Real Estate

Clever researches people's behaviors, finances, and feelings around buying and selling homes. Find that data here!

COVID-19 Financial Impact Series

The COVID-19 Financial Impact Series is a survey we developed to investigate how the COVID-19-related lockdowns and economic volatility is impacting people's consumer behaviors, personal finances, and the real estate market. 

This survey recurs monthly, we will add updates to the data here.

Millennial Homebuyer Reports

Clever Real Estate surveys Americans each January to investigate millennial's plans to purchase a home that year. The questions in the surveys focus on financial stability, savings, expectations, and plans when it comes to buying a home.

Check back in January for more updates!

Personal Finance

As a real estate brokerage, we're particularly interested in factors that impact people's ability to buy a home. One common issue is that people just don't have the savings or the credit scores to qualify for a mortgage. Personal debt is a huge contributor to both problems. 

Below you can find data to surveys we've conducted investigating the nature of Americans' personal finances and debt.

Housing Market Indicators

Housing market indicators are sourced by Clever Real Estate's research team from a variety of publicly available databases. 

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