Originally posted on the NAHB’s Eye on Housing blog.

Findings from the latest NAHB study on housing preferences, “Housing Preferences of the Boomer Generation: How They Compare to Other Home Buyers,” shows there are some similarities and differences in what home buyers of different generations want in terms of square footage and number of bedrooms in a new home.

When asked how much finished space they would like to have, home buyers in general reported wanting a median of 2,020 sq. ft., about 9 percent more space than they currently have (1,859 sq. ft.). Age plays a key role in desired home size, however. Buyers in the Millenial and Gen X generations both want homes over 2,300 sq. ft., whereas Boomers and Seniors would like homes under 1,900 sq. ft. There is a large gap between current and desired home size among the younger cohorts, while Boomers and Seniors either live in their ideal home size already or would like to downsize a bit.

When it comes to the number of bedrooms, about half of all home buyers would like to have three in a new home, while a nontrivial 30 percent would rather have four or more. The two youngest generations have strikingly different preferences when compared to the oldest two: whereas 48 percent of Millenials and 43 percent of Gen X’ers would like to see at least four bedrooms in a new home, that share is only 20 percent among Boomers and Seniors. For these generations, three bedrooms is the way to go, as half or more report that as their first preference.

See this post from the NAHB’s Eye on Housing and read the first in the series exploring the “Housing Preferences of the Boomer Generation: How They Compare to Other Home Buyers” here.

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