Survey reveals differences in house-hunting priorities for men, women

A recently released survey by ZipRealty found men often seek luxurious bathrooms, guest bedrooms, dining rooms, and views in homes, whereas women most-often desire home offices when searching for a home to purchase.

Highlights of the survey include:

  • Nearly 45 percent of men rated a home with a view as a high priority and 28 percent reported a luxurious bathroom as a high priority.  By comparison, only 33 percent of women rated a home with a view as a high priority and 23 percent reported a luxurious bathroom as important.  More than 70 percent of men indicated a guest bedroom as a must-have compared with 63 percent of women.
  • The percentage of home shoppers ranking a home office as a high priority rose to 39 percent compared with 35 percent in 2008.
  • The three biggest turn-offs when viewing a home in person are structural damage, bad odors, a busy street, and an awkward floor plan, according to the survey.  While searching online, lack of parking, few or no photos, and small square footage are the biggest deal breakers.

For more information, please go to ZipRealty.com or Realtor Magazine.

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