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Friday, February 14, 2014

Do you have a House Crush?

I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's Day but i did come across this Wall Street Journal article today, talking about "home crush" statistics about men and women falling for a house.  Check it out, it's a fun read for today.

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Why We Fall in Love—With Houses


Falling in love can be wonderful—and finding the perfect house can make a house-hunter weak in the knees.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, a survey by Realtor.com shows that falling head-over-heels for a house is fairly common—69% of respondents reported that they have had a home crush. House-hunters with a “home crush,” as defined in the survey, are drawn to the same house again and again. Realtor.com surveyed 1,082 individuals from Jan. 9 to Jan. 20 who reported having had a home crush.
Many people approach house hunting the same way they approach dating, by checking compatibility and fit, but the intangible factors are what tips a house from crush to true love, says Leslie Piper, Realtor.com’s consumer-housing specialist and an agent with Pacific Union in Lafayette, Calif.
“You have to make sure you know what’s really out there. You evaluate what is a turn-on and turn-off, and perhaps you’ll fall in love,” Ms. Piper says.
Also like dating, men and women approach a home crush very differently.
Some key findings from the survey:
Women are more likely to crush on home that is out of their price range: 41% of women said their home crush is out of their price range, compared with 30% of men.
Men tend to move from one home crush to another: 36% of men said they find a new home crush weekly, compared with 29% of women.
Outdoor living spaces are the most attractive home attributes to both men and women: 54% of women and 46% of men said outdoor living spaces like backyards, decks and patios make them fall in real-estate love. In addition, 42% of women preferred open-floor plans, and 40% of men indicated garages.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Doug, that was a fun article. I find it interesting that women fall in love with the unattainable and men fall in love weekly. It sounds a little like the Wolf of Wall Street. One of the things that I really like is that people are back to having a crush on Real Estate versus Real Estate being avoided like the plague as it was back in 2008. Another way of saying that is Real Estate is sexy again!!

    Thanks for the read. I think 2014 is going to be a good year!!