Gender differences emerge in home preferences
Or so a new survey from ZipRealty.com has found.
Men were more significantly more likely than women to want a room with a view and a bedroom for guests and slightly more likely to be looking for a luxurious bathroom and a dining room; women were slightly more likely to want a garage, ample storage and a large yard, but they also wanted more closet space. They ranked a home office above a kids' playroom.
"Overall, the same things you would always expect to top the list of 'must-haves' and 'deal breakers' for house hunters still show up, but it is interesting to see men place a higher priority than women on things often characterized as stereotypically female priorities," said ziprealty Vice President of Marketing Leslie Tyler in a statement. "Also, women's growing desire for a home office may speak to the fact that more women are working from home these days."
In terms of turnoffs, men were more likely to balk at superficial details: unkempt landscaping, outdated furniture or paint and a lack of curb appeal.
There was much on which the two genders could agree, however. Both wanted master suites, walk-in closets and more than half were looking for a breakfast room or eat-in kitchen..
Two areas on the rise for men and women were "green" building attributes -- at 27% percent -- and a home office, at 39 percent, up four percentage points in two years.