Buying or Selling A Home - How American Homes Are Changing

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

HUD's annual snapshot of American housing is an important tool for researchers to learn about housing stock and households, but it also reveals a lot about housing culture.

The 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS) shows, that despite two recessions in a decade, Americans are living larger than they were 37 years ago. Homes today have more square footage, bedrooms, bathrooms, air conditioning and other amenities, but smaller lot sizes than previous generations. The differences burgeon in newer homes built after 2007.

Interestingly, the median age of ‘the American home’ is 36 years, built in 1973, the same year the AHS began. Here are a few findings:

• Sixty-eight percent of U.S. homes are owner-occupied. Twenty-nine percent of homes are urban, 51% are suburban, and 20% are rural.

• The median size of an occupied home is 1,800 square feet, compared to 1,610 in 1985, (the earliest year this information was collected, says HUD). Owner-occupied homes tend to be larger than renter-occupied homes.

• Median lot size for single-family homes is 0.27 acres, compared to .36 acres in 1973.

• Most homes (53 percent) in 2009 boast six or more rooms. In 1973, only 39 percent of homes had that many.

• Less than half of homes (48%) had three or more bedrooms in 1973, but by 2009, 64% did.
Only 19% of homes had two or more bathrooms in 1973, while more than half of homes (51%) have them in 2009.

• Window unit air-conditioners were more popular in 1973 (30%) compared to 17% of homes with central heat and air. In 2009, 65% of U.S. homes have central air-conditioning and another 21 percent have window units.

• Newer homes (post-2007) are a median of 2,300 square feet with six or more rooms ( 65%.) Eighty percent have three or more bedrooms, and 89% have two or more bathrooms. Newer homes are also more likely to have amenities such as garage, fireplace, two or more living areas and a separate dining room.


Anthony Stokes Pereira (845) 624-8100 Ext. 188

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

I can help you with every aspect of buying or selling your home because I'm experienced, because I am a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Real Estate Professional . . . and because I care.

As your Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Sales Professional, I will provide you with the information you need to make an educated decision.

The relationship between a home buyer or seller and their agent is based on trust, shared goals and understanding. I strive to continually improve and to do this I listen and take the needs and wants into consideration.

For assistance with any of your real estate needs, please contact me, whether it's to get started on helping you realize your goals and dreams, or just to ask a question - no pressure, no hassle, no obligation- just a friendly conversation. I would welcome the opportunity to make a difference for you.

Anthony Stokes Pereira

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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Rand Realty, founded in 1984, is the No. 1 real estate brokerage in the Greater Hudson Valley with 25 offices serving Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess counties. Rand has more than 800 sales associates, as well as a commercial real estate company (Rand Commercial Services), mortgage company (Rand Mortgage), title company (Hudson Abstract Services) and insurance agency (The Hudson Group Insurance Agency). The company’s Web sites are:,,, and Rand Realty is also on Facebook and Twitter. Anthony Stokes Pereira web site . Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.


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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Anthony, love reading these stats. I grew up in a house with 1.5 bathrooms and there were 5 kids plus parents. We thought nothing of it.


Jan 07, 2012 01:16 PM #1
Christine McDaniel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Porter Co. - Crown Point, IN
Broker Associate

Interesting statistics Anthony!  Buyers seem to want more house but less upkeep as far as yard.

Jan 07, 2012 02:11 PM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


These are interesting stats, and in some cases not quite what I expected. I wonder how things differ from region to region? I, too, grew up in a 1.5 bath house, but our family was smaller. Today the standard in our area seems to be 2.5 at the low end. Lots of new homes in my area hav.5 - 4.5 baths.


Jan 07, 2012 02:38 PM #3
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Anthony, this is a great share of information...i was supplied about the air conditioning element of it!

Jan 07, 2012 11:13 PM #4
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