Single-Story Homes are Making a Comeback

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Research Reveals that Double-Story Homes are no Longer the Favorite

The United States Census Bureau made some interesting findings recently when it comes to the housing market. It was discovered that single-story homes are once again becoming the most popular choice. The data reveals that more single-story homes are being constructed than double-story homes and these numbers are growing fast.

A Shifting Trend

Although 2018 still saw more homes that are two or more stories being built, these numbers continue to shrink while the construction of one-story homes is growing. The percentage of new homes constructed with two or more stories decreased by 2% from 2017 when it was 55% to 53% in 2018. Conversely, the percentage of new homes being constructed with only a single story increased by 2% from 45% to 47%. According to the National Association of Home Builders, this growth in one-story homes was most evident in the South.

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It Applies to Both New Constructions and Existing Homes

In an independent report released by Redfin Real Estate Brokerage, it was indicated that single-story homes were the most sought-after style of house in real estate sales during 2018. The report also noted that this type of style was more affordable. Furthermore, it was discovered that single-story homes are more popular with older generations. As much as 80% of a group of baby boomers interviewed in a survey by the NAHB stated their preference of a single-story home. The reason behind this preference is that they will be more comfortable growing old in a single-story home. On the other hand, only 35% of the millennials who were interviewed said that they would prefer to own a home that only has one story. Also noted by the NAHB in their Eye on Housing blog is that one-story homes are becoming more popular in both metro and non-metro areas.


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