The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released a new study, “Housing Preferences of the Boomer Generation: How They Compare to Other Home Buyers,” that reveals Baby Boomers have a strong preference for single-family detached housing. About 63 percent of those surveyed in 2015 would like to buy that style of housing.

The study, released by NAHB’s publishing arm, BuilderBooks, is based on a comprehensive, nationwide survey of recent and prospective home buyers. It looks at how various designs influence the home purchase decision; the location, features and size of the homes consumers want; and how events and people influence the decision to move to another home.

“This survey is a great resource for building professionals, as it provides an inside look at the things boomers, and other generations, are looking for in today’s homes,” said Rose Quint, NAHB’s assistant vice president for survey research and one of the study’s authors. “As the housing market continues to recover, more consumers are in the position to purchase a home, and it’s important for builders to have this knowledge about their customers.”

Here are some other findings on what home buyers want:

· Most home buyers (64 percent) prefer a single-story home, but there is a lot of variation by generation: Millennials (35 percent), Gen X’ers (49 percent), Boomers (75 percent) and seniors (88%).

· Fifty-eight percent of home buyers want a full or partial basement, but the preference declines with age: Millennials (77 percent), Gen X’ers (67 percent), Boomers (50 percent) and seniors (43 percent).

· When asked if they would buy a home without a living room, 37 percent of buyers say they would, 42 percent would not and 21 percent were not sure.

And some things most buyers do not want:

· Few buyers (8 percent) or Boomers (7 percent) prefer a central city location. About two-thirds prefer a home in the suburbs (close-in or outlying), and just over a quarter prefer a rural area.

· Only 14 percent of buyers overall (and 13 percent of Boomers) are willing to pay more for a home out of pure concern for the environment.

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