Austin, TX

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Austin, TX

How Happy Are Austin's Homeowners?

Texas’s state capital, Austin is known for its legendary live music, abundant outdoor recreation spaces, and vibrant tech scene. So, it’s no wonder the city ranks among the top five in terms of homeowner happiness. Inside, Austin homeowners tend to enjoy central air conditioning and natural light, as well as updated kitchens and new appliances. Outside, Austin homeowners enjoy decks, porches, and an abundance of trees — the perfect setting for a home-based jam session or barbecue. So, what could make Austin homeowners happier? New windows and updated bathrooms, they say. And those who haven’t already remodeled their kitchens have the project at the top of their wish lists.

Austin'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

  • Added/replaced/refinished flooring
  • Painted interior room/area
  • Planted a garden/landscaping
  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Built a patio/deck/porch/sun room

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Replace/refinish flooring
  • Build a patio/deck/porch/sun room
  • Replace/add windows

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Happiest Home Features

Austin'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

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

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • New windows
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Marble or quartz countertops
  • Organized closet/storage space

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Trees
  • Patio or deck
  • Attached garage
  • Space for animals
  • Fence

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • Solar energy roofing features
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • Outdoor lighting
  • In-ground sprinkler system

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

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Rising home values & equity
  • Easy access to highways
  • Lots of green space
  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Highly-rated school district

Overall Home
Happiness

90%

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 Austin home:

  • Homeowners have:3.4 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.4 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:11 years

  • Average square footage:2,200

  • Age of home:23 years

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