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New Homes Fill Demand for 2 1/2 Baths
Paul Emrath / NAHB / April 11, 2013
Roughly one-third of home buyers are looking for a home with two full bathrooms, and roughly one-third of both new and existing homes have exactly two full bathrooms. But over half of buyers want a home with more than two full baths, and that’s where new homes do a much better job of matching current preferences.
According to NAHB’s recent What Home Buyers Really Want survey, 43 percent of recent and prospective buyers want a home with either two and a half or three full baths. That matches exactly the percentage of new homes built in 2011 with two and a half or three full baths. On the other hand, relatively few existing homes, and even fewer existing homes on the market for sale, have that many bathrooms.
According to the official definitions, a full bathroom has hot & cold running water, a sink, a toilet, and a shower or bathtub. A half bathroom has hot & cold running water and either a toilet or shower/bathtub.