Homebuyers share preferences for size and price limit

February 09, 2003|By KNIGHT RIDDER NEWS

Although tastes vary from region to region when it comes to buying a home, there are some shared preferences.

According to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders, buyers in all regions are looking for houses with more than 2,200 square feet of living space. They also prefer to pay no more than $200,000 for whatever they buy.

People in the Northeast like to entertain formally and prefer a formal living room and dining room, and a separate family room, instead of a "great room" with an eating area.

The typical Northeast buyer prefers a traditional two-story with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, according to a recent report sponsored by Remodeler and Realtor magazines. If the builder could add 100 square feet of living space to a house, buyers would want it in the family room or living room.

In the Midwest, comfortable family living rather than formality is the preference. Midwesterners prefer a great room, and their 100 square feet of extra space would be in the family room or kitchen, the magazine reported. The typical house was two stories and brick.

Southerners prefer informal living in a one-story traditional brick house. Buyers want a great room, and are split on whether they want it with an eating area or a formal dining area.

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