Florida Realtors®: Why Do Homeowners Move?

Florida Realtors<sup>®</sup>: Why Do Homeowners Move?

ORLANDO, Fla. – Every living situation has something that bothers the homeowner, and those issues often prompt them to look for a new place to call home. A recent survey from mortgage data research firm HSH.com polled more than 1,000 Americans on what upset them about their homes, their neighbors and their neighborhood. Op4G conducted the survey.


When it comes to the house itself, most people either feel cramped or that their house is falling apart; two-thirds are upset by a lack of storage or too much maintenance; and over half of those surveyed said that the size or age of their house left them wanting more.

  • Lack of storage: 67 percent
  • Too much maintenance: 66 percent
  • Too small: 52 percent
  • Too old/not updated: 52 percent
  • Insects/wildlife: 51 percent
  • The neighbors: 41 percent
  • No central air conditioning: 37 percent
  • Unusable space: 31 percent
  • Lack of parking: 30 percent
  • No/small yard: 30 percent
  • Water pressure: 25 percent
  • HOA: 19 percent

The maintenance associated with older buildings also becomes a primary concern over time, with 75 percent of respondents who have lived in their home for over a decade complaining about it.


Noise leads the list of neighbor complaints, but there’s a 1-in-3 chance that the neighbors don’t like nearby children.

  • Noisy: 63 percent
  • Too close: 61 percent
  • Messy yard: 46 percent
  • Unfriendly: 45 percent
  • Vehicles: 42 percent
  • Pets: 40 percent
  • Nosy: 38 percent
  • Their kids: 33 percent
  • Home in disrepair: 32 percent
  • They’re strangers: 17 percent
  • Too far away: 12 percent


Zipping through a neighborhood at 20 mph faster than necessary ruffles a few feathers – so do teenagers that tend to hang out outdoors.

  • Speeders/traffic: 76 percent
  • Houses too close: 71 percent
  • No shopping/retail: 56 percent
  • Crime: 47 percent
  • No peers: 47 percent
  • No parks/public areas: 47 percent
  • Too many teenagers: 40 percent
  • Commute too far: 38 percent
  • No highway access: 25 percent
  • No nightlife/amenities: 37 percent
  • Houses too far apart: 15 percent
Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors®, serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 140,000 members in 58 boards/associations.


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