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Homeowner regrets: most wish they’d gone bigger

With current housing conditions, buyers are forced into making quick decisions, which can lead to homeowner regrets. What regrets do current homeowners have? Trulia has the answer.

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Homeowner regrets and other sentiments

As with any major purchase, there is typically something different most people would do if they had another shot at their investment. Trulia surveyed thousands of Americans to discover their regrets and note that with tight inventory levels, buyer regrets may increase as home shoppers are having to “scramble in order to try to win tough bidding wars” in most major cities, “putting them at risk of making real estate mistakes they will regret.”

A common theme of the top regrets is Americans not investing enough in their home. Top regrets include choosing a home that’s too small, renters wishing they had bought instead of renting, homeowners regretting not remodeling more, and not being financially secure.

When comparing homeowners to renters, renters are more likely to have housing regrets, as were Millennial homeowners who are far more likely to have housing regrets than homeowners age 55 or older – 75 percent versus 36 percent.

Homeowner regrets vs. renter regrets

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renter regrets

Main housing regret is lack of investment

Trulia’s Chief Economist, Dr. Jed Kolko said, “Although the recession, tight credit, and foreclosures have lowered homeownership in America, people would still buy – and buy big – if they could. Many current renters wish they had bought, but very few current homeowners wish they had rented.”

“Furthermore,” Dr. Kolko added, “homeowners are three times more likely to wish they had purchased a larger home than a smaller home. Even after the housing crisis, Americans’ main housing regrets are that they didn’t invest more in their homes.”

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  1. Brian Hickey

    April 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

    According to my calculator, that means 61% of the homeowners surveyed prefer bigger with new(er) amenities…..thought the trend was for smaller and more modest? Lot’s of mixed messages in the market…

  2. JoeLoomer

    April 19, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Inventory levels here – although slightly tighter than the same time last year – are still at Buyers Market levels. I suspect that 42% of tenants who wish they’d bought is hyper-local.

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