A new Zillow survey finds that more Gen Z pet owners would want to move if their home no longer worked for their pet than if it no longer worked for their partner
- More Gen Z adults (ages 18-26) would consider a fenced-in backyard essential if buying a home (48%), compared to those who say the same about a double sink in the master bathroom (28%) or a game room for children (24%).
- Nearly a quarter of Gen Z pet owners would want to move if their home was no longer working for their pet (22%), but only 12% would want to move if their home was no longer working for their partner.
- Among all Americans, more than 1 in 8 pet owners who live with their spouse or partner (13%) would rather share their master bedroom with their pet than their partner.
SEATTLE, April 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — In National Pet Daynew Zillow research® finds that many Gen Z adults would put the needs of their pets ahead of those of their partners and their children, or future children, if they were buying a home.
A Zillow survey, conducted online by The Harris Poll, finds that 3 in 5 Gen Z adults (60%) consider certain pet-friendly features essential in a home they would buy. Nearly half (48%) think a fenced-in backyard is a must, compared to 28% who say the same about a double sink in the master bathroom or 35% who say a home office for their partner is essential. Even fewer Gen Z adults would consider certain kid-friendly features essential, such as an arcade (24%) or outdoor play (11%).
If they were buying a home and had to choose, most Gen Z pet owners say having a pet-friendly home (55%) is more important than a child-friendly home (45%). More than 1 in 5 Gen Z pet owners (22%) would want to move out of their current home if it no longer worked for their pet, while only 12% would want to move if their home no longer worked for their partner.
“Young adults can be delay parenthoodbut they don’t put off parenting pets,” said Zillow home trends expert amanda pendleton. “One recent study finds that most Gen Z adults would rather have a pet than a child. As this younger generation ages into their home-buying years, it follows that their pets will have a greater influence on their moving decisions, perhaps more so than their partner.”
Pets have long been considered part of the American family, but even more people have become pet parents during the pandemic. from Zillow Consumer Housing Trends Report finds that nearly three-quarters of homebuyers have at least one pet at home (73%), a huge jump from the 64% of homebuyers who reported having a pet in 2020. Americans love their pets so much that the 13% of pet owners who live with a partner would rather share their master bedroom with their pet than with their partner.
Pets can affect home preferences. Former Zillow Research finds that pet owners are more likely to buy larger homes with more bedrooms. Shoppers with pets are also more likely to consider private outdoor space very or extremely important (73%) compared to shoppers without pets (65%). Even in tight spaces NYZillow brand easy street finds that more buyers are searching for homes that allow pets than homes equipped with dishwashers.
Spring home buyers can expect more competition for homes with pet-friendly features, even in a less frenetic real estate market. from Zillow investigation find listings that mention a fenced-in backyard can sell nearly three days faster than similar homes—faster than listings that feature a game room.
With fewer new listings Upon arrival on the market, pet owners will need to act quickly if they want to secure a home at a good price with these desirable features. They can also check what services may be nearby by entering an address into Zillow’s moving with pets page. Pet owners can explore vet clinics, groomers and parks in hundreds of neighborhoods across the country to ensure their future home is in a pet-friendly community.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Zillow March 16-20, 2023; A total of 2,066 US adults ages 18 and older were surveyed, including 306 Gen Z adults ages 18-26. The sampling precision of harris Online surveys are measured using a Bayesian credible interval. For this study, the sample data is accurate to +/- 2.8 percentage points at a 95% confidence level. For the full survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact [email protected].
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