Top Compromises Buyers Will Make to Reach Homeownership

High mortgage rates and double-digit growth in home prices since COVID-19 have brought housing affordability to its lowest level in more than a decade.  Given this reality, a recent NAHB study on housing preferences* asked home buyers about which specific compromises they would be willing to make to achieve homeownership.

For 39% of buyers, accepting a smaller lot is the path to affording a home.  This finding highlights the paramount importance of reforming zoning laws that mandate lot sizes, as nearly 4 out of 10 buyers would be willing to give up land in exchange for owning a home.  For 36% of buyers, accepting fewer exterior amenities is the way to homeownership—they will simply add that deck or patio at some point in the future.  Another 36% were willing to move farther from the urban core and 35% will accept a smaller house if that’s what it takes to buy it.

But what areas of the home, specifically, should shrink to reduce the overall footprint of the home?  Most buyers who will take the smaller house compromise sent builders and architects a clear message: shrink the home office (53%) and the dining room (52%) to save on square footage.  Also, loud and clear in the message: leave the kitchen (only 21% would want that smaller) and closet space (22%) alone.

What Home Buyers Really Want, 2024 Edition sheds light on the housing preferences of the typical home buyer and is based on a national survey of more than 3,000 recent and prospective home buyers.  Because of the inherent diversity in buyer backgrounds, the study provides granular specificity based on demographic factors such as generation, geographic location, race/ethnicity, income, and price point.

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