Survey: High Expectations for Retirement Homes

March 27, 2014

Seventy percent of baby boomers say that the house they live in when they retire will be the best home they've ever had, according to a survey conducted by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. The survey had 1,000 respondents.

What’s more, 57 percent say they plan to move out of their current home in order to search for their dream retirement home.

“With approximately 77 million boomers in the U.S., it’s quite significant for our industry to see that this population has so much positive anticipation for the home in which they will be retiring — and for the majority, their aspirations involve making a move,” says Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. “Baby boomers are known for being a hardworking, trailblazing generation. As they have done with every other major life event, they are marching head-on into retirement with big plans and no desire to change pace. Our study shows that boomers continue to surprise with nuances of what they care about and what they are prioritizing.”

Additional findings from the survey:

  • About one in four boomers say they likely will buy a second home to use during their retirement years, such as a vacation or beach house.
  • Thirty-nine percent of baby boomers say they want to live in a rural community, such as a farm or small town; 27 percent say they desire a traditional retirement community, such as a 55+ exclusive neighborhood; 26 percent say they want to live in an urban community.
  • Of those who haven’t retired yet, 72 percent say they plan to retire in the same state that they currently live.
  • Of those who plan to move to a new house, 69 percent say they’re willing to make updates or renovations to their next home to make it fit their specific wants and needs.
  • Forty-two percent say the most important factor in choosing their next home is low-maintenance home features.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

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