Detroit, MI

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Detroit, MI

How Happy Are Detroit's Homeowners?

We have the Motor City to thank for Motown music, Bob Seger and Eminem — not to mention spirited pro hockey. So, it’s not surprising that the city’s residents are pretty happy. Detroit’s homeowners enjoy a nice mix of easy highway access, a reasonable cost of living and rising home values, as well as a revitalization of the downtown area and a surge in entrepreneurship. Plus, while they live in smaller homes than homeowners in other areas of the country, they’ve got lots of natural light, hardwood floors, and air conditioning keeping their homes airy and comfortable. Motor City homeowners could be happier, they say, with updated kitchens and bathrooms — as well as professional landscaping and better organized closets. In fact, more than half say they’d be happier if they could renovate, remodel or add on to their homes.

Detroit'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/area
  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Remodeled a bathroom
  • Replaced/refinished flooring
  • Replaced/added windows

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Build a patio/deck/porch/sun room
  • Install or replace driveway or walkway
  • Make garage improvements

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Happiest Home Features

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

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Marble or quartz countertops
  • Organized closet/storage space
  • Freshly painted interior

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • Attached garage
  • Front porch
  • Trees
  • Space for animals

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • New roof
  • Outdoor lighting
  • A fire pit

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

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Easy access to highways
  • Rising home values & equity
  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Good municipal services
  • Highly-rated school district

Overall Home
Happiness

85%

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...

57%

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 Detroit home:

  • Homeowners have:3.2 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.1 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:13 years

  • Average square footage:1,900

  • Age of home:43 years

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