Survey Reveals America’s Dream Home

A Plush Four Bedroom, Three Bath Family Oasis
Recent Survey Uncovers Homebuyers’ Must-Have Features


NORFOLK, Va. (July 16, 2012) –, a leading online real estate destination and complete lifestyle resource, conducted a survey of home-seekers across the country to determine what the ideal home for the American family looks like. The survey reveals the “American Dream” of home ownership is far from forgotten. With Americans today opting for bigger and better, many buyers are choosing in-home amenities that provide convenience and comfort for the haste of today’s lifestyle.

More than 70 percent of respondents opted for a single-family detached home in a country setting that has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with about 40 percent looking for a home with more than 2,000 square feet. Top amenities include a walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom and fireplace, reinforcing the trend that for today’s homebuyer, it’s all about comfort and accessibility.

“ prides itself on keeping a pulse on America’s homebuyers and the marketplace, providing resources to help in every step of the home-buying process,” said Wendy Froehlich, vice president of Marketing for “Americans are still excited about the idea of home ownership, and is committed to making the process as simple as possible for potential homeowners.”

Compared to desired in-home amenities from a decade ago, the amenities chosen in the ”American Dream Home” survey prove that Americans today cherish flexible spaces with choices like sun rooms, basements and screened-in porches topping the list of specialty rooms buyers would like to see in their homes.

The trend of outdoor living also has a growing appeal, with more and more people opting for homes that make it convenient to enjoy outdoor space and outdoor amenities. More than 30 percent of those surveyed chose a deck as an outdoor “Must Have,” with swimming pools and patios following closely behind with 28 percent and 21.5 percent, respectively.

Along with the ideal dream home, also wanted to know more about America’s vacation home desires. A “Peaceful Lake-Front Cabin” led the way with more than 35 percent of votes, as the most sought after second home with the “Caribbean Villa” coming in a close second with 34.3 percent. Rounding out the top three vacation home destinations, the “Swanky South Beach Condo” was chosen with 10.4 percent of the votes. surveyed its database of several thousand consumers across the country. Of the survey respondents, 85 percent were female with 37 percent of respondents living in the Southeast and more than 41 percent searching for a home in the same area. View a complete summary of the “American Dream Home” survey results illustrated as an infographic on

The “American Dream Home” survey, just one of the ways strives to relay relevant and timely information to real estate professionals and consumers alike, is a quintessential peek into the mind of today’s homebuyer. For inspiration to create the ultimate dream home, visit the Idea Gallery at

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