December 19, 2012 6:18 am
"It was interesting to see that 84 percent of homeowners ages 18-59 don't have plans to downsize their next home, even among baby boomers," said Deborah Meyer, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of PulteGroup. "The PGHI survey results also show that today's buyers are equally focused on smarter use of the spaces within their homes."
Further proof that increased house size is on the rise comes from recent U.S. Census Bureau data which indicates the average size of a newly built home was 2,480 square feet in 2011, which is an increase of 3.7 percent from 2010. This represents the first annual increase since 2007.
More than half of millennials, homeowners between the ages of 18-34, would like their next home to be larger than their current home with 68 percent of those respondents saying the larger home would be used to accommodate their growing family.
Meanwhile, showing the diversity of Gen Xers, nearly 40 percent of respondents ages 35-54 want a larger home to accommodate a growing family (37 percent) and need more room and storage space (29 percent).
One of the most interesting survey results came from baby boomer respondents. Only 28 percent of those ages 55-59 said they want their next home to be smaller, citing retirement and becoming an empty nester as the top reasons for downsizing.
Forget Formality, Homeowners Want More Space
According to the survey, 21 percent of homeowners ages 18-59 rarely use their formal dining room while 17 percent said they rarely use their formal living room. When asked to rank the most important feature in their next home, nearly half (48 percent) of respondents want larger, open spaces, including master bedrooms, larger rooms and open floor concepts.
When asked to rank their top five "must haves" in their next home, respondents indicated they want:
• Larger rooms
• Master bedrooms suites
• More storage space
• Patio/outdoor living space
• Energy efficiency
While men and women ages 18-59 agree on having a master bedroom suite, 62 percent of women said they also would like to have more storage space while 45 percent of men want more technology in the home. And, as older men (55-59) embark upon retirement, they rank having a study/den in their top five must-have features.
Family Closeness Still a Factor in Choosing a Home's Location
Homeowners are willing to give up a lot to get what they want in their next home, but across all generations they don't want to give up being close to their family.
When asked what homeowners 18-59 would be willing to give up for the "must haves" in their next home:
• 52 percent cited being close to public transportation
• 35 percent said they're willing to give up being close to entertainment and shopping
• 28 percent said they would give up being near parks and better schools
However, the last thing homeowners want to give up is being near their family with only 21 percent saying moving away from their family would be an option.
Published with permission from RISMedia.