Milwaukee, WI

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Milwaukee, WI

How Happy Are Milwaukee's Homeowners?

Nestled onto the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is perhaps best known for beer, brats and baseball. But it’s also known as the City of Festivals — coined for the many art, music and cultural events the city holds throughout the summer. Despite all that Milwaukee has to offer in terms of food, drink and entertainment, the city’s homeowners say they could be happier with their homes. Though they tend to enjoy hardwood flooring, upgraded electrical systems and freshly painted walls, Milwaukeeans tend to live in older, smaller homes with fewer updates compared with homes in other areas. Milwaukeeans say they’d be happier with remodeled kitchens and bathrooms. In fact, 64 percent say they’d like to remodel or add on to their homes.

Milwaukee'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/added windows
  • Planted a garden/landscaping

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Replace/add windows
  • Make garage improvements
  • Install or replace driveway or walkway

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Happiest Home Features

Milwaukee'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
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Lots of natural light
  • Freshly painted

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

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

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

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

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

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

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

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Easy access to highways
  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Reasonable property & school taxes
  • Rising home values & equity
  • Good municipal services

Overall Home
Happiness

87%

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...

64%

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 Milwaukee home:

  • Homeowners have:3.2 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:1.9 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:13 years

  • Average square footage:1,800

  • Age of home:48 years

  • Avg. home price (Feb. '18):118,000Powered by Redfin

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