Albuquerque, NM

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Albuquerque, NM

How Happy Are Albuquerque's Homeowners?

Albuquerque is a hotbed for arts and culture. And it’s also a draw for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a hiking, biking or kayaking playground. Perhaps best renowned for its annual International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque offers a reasonable cost of living and quick access to both the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande River, which flows through the city’s center. But for all the city has to offer, Albuquerque’s homeowners say they could be happier with their homes. In fact, more than half of Albuquerqueans say they’d be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes. And patios, trees, new windows, and marble and quartz countertops top their lists of desired improvements.

Albuquerque's homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy - and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Painted interior room
  • Planted a garden/landscaping
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Added/replaced/refinished wood flooring
  • Remodeled a kitchen

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Replace/add windows
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Replace/refinish flooring
  • Replace roof

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Happiest Home Features

Albuquerque's homeowners told us about the home features that have brought them the most joy - and about the features they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Lots of natural light
  • Central air conditioning
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • New appliances
  • Hardwood flooring

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Marble or quartz countertops
  • New windows
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • New appliances

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio/deck
  • Trees
  • Space for animals
  • Attached garage
  • Garden

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional Landscaping
  • Built-in outdoor barbecue
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • New roof
  • Solar energy roofing features

It's not just projects and features that make Albuquerque's homeowners happy, but also factors such as equity, community and accessibility.

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Easy access to highways
  • Good services & utilities
  • Rising home values & equity
  • Acceptable levels of traffic congestion

Overall Home
Happiness

82%

of homeowners consider themselves at least somewhat happy with their homes.

Impact of Home
Equity on Happiness

To Be Happier In My Home
I'd Like To...

54%

of homeowners say they would be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes.

The results of our Homeowner Happiness Survey suggest that these characteristics describe the average Albuquerque home:

  • Homeowners have:3.1 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.2 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:12 years

  • Average square footage:1,900

  • Age of home:28 years

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