There is no place like home. This popular expression reflects the general desire of citizens to have a home where they can be happy that offers well-being, comfort, tranquility and security. The level of happiness at home in Spain stands at 7.3 points out of 10, according to the Aedas Homes Observatory July 2021 , but happiness varies depending on many variables.
By region, the least happy are Madrid, Basques and Canaries, who score the level of satisfaction with their homes with 7.1. What is the result of? Mainly, to the qualities of their houses, which show a result of 6.5; 6.6; and 6.4 points, respectively. The happiest are the Castilian-Manchego and Galician (7.5) , followed by Navarre, Aragonese, Murcia, Extremadura and Andalusia (7.4). The developer’s study analyzes issues such as the relationship with the neighbors, the level of satisfaction with their urbanization or the area in which the property is located.
Regarding the location of the properties , the most satisfied with their homes are those in a rural environment (7.5), followed by those in the city center (7.3), and the periphery (7, 2). In all three cases the note reaches the remarkable. The relationship with the neighbors also influences when it comes to positively assessing the home.
Those who best get along with their neighbors are Extremadura (7.7), Andalusians (7.6) and Navarrese (7.6), while those with the worst relationship are Madrid (7) and Cantabrian (7).
The Aedas Homes Observatory also evaluates happiness at home in relation to the number of children. In this case, those with the most offspring are the happiest in their homes . Those with five or more children (7.8) lead the ranking, compared to those with only one (7.3) and none (7.1). By age group, the least happy are the young. Their level of satisfaction at home is 7.1, below the average of 7.3 and 7.5 reported by people between 51 and 65 years of age.
“This data calibrates issues such as the relationship with the neighbors or satisfaction with their urbanization, the qualities and the area,” explains Jorge Valero, director of data and digital transformation at Aedas Homes.
Happiness in the home also depends on the tenure and energy efficiency of the house. If we take into account the first variable, the study finds that those who own a home are definitely happier. Their level of satisfaction reaches 7.5, higher than those who share a house (7.2) or those who rent (7.1).
Regarding energy efficiency, those who live in a more efficient house, A or higher-r, are happier with their home (7.8), compared to those who have a house with energy rating G (6.9) . Regarding efficiency and sustainability, the study highlights that about 60% of buyers would be willing to pay more for a sustainable home. How much more? Up to 22,600 euros on average.
The Aedas Homes Observatory July 2021 confirms that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the taste of users when looking for a house . Furthermore, the majority of respondents acknowledge that they would not give up having a home with natural light and good orientation. In addition, users are also looking for large rooms – good for teleworking or to use that space more – and outdoor spaces, such as a terrace or garden.
“A year later we confirmed that these trends were not temporary, but that they have been firmly established among the demand, along with others such as the need for a space to telework”, highlights Jorge Valero.
Change of house
The group least happy with their home is the one that most wants to move. Specifically, 35.6% of people aged 25 to 35 would like to move in less than two years . The main reason for moving is to go live with your partner. People ages 36-50 want a newer, bigger home; and those between 51 and 65 want to change neighborhood.
“In absolute numbers, we are talking about more than 6 million people wanting to change their home within two years in Spain. Of these, almost two million are young people, about three million people between 36 and 50 years old and 1.6 million They are between 51 and 65 years old, “explains the promoter’s data and digital transformation director.
As for the areas, those who most want to change house in the next two years are those who live in the center of a city (25.9%), ahead of those who reside in the periphery (23, 3%) or those who live in a rural environment (19%).
By autonomous communities, the greatest intention to change house is observed among the Canaries, Andalusians and Madrilenians. 34%, 27% and 25%, respectively. On the contrary, Riojans (17%), Basques (19%) and Galicians (20%) have the least intention of moving.