Trulia, Inc. (NYSE: TRLA), a leading online marketplace for homebuyers, sellers, renters, and real estate professionals, today released the results of their Trulia Neighbor Survey, revealing consumer sentiment about their current neighbors and neighborhoods across the United States. Harris Interactive conducted the online survey on behalf of Trulia among 3,014 U.S. adults, age 18 and over, between September 25 and 27, 2013. Check out the full report here. More Suburbanites and Homeowners Know Their Neighbors’ Names…And Like Them Too! Two thirds of Americans (67 percent) say they like their neighbors, even though only 53 percent actually know their neighbors’ names. Residents living in suburban areas are more inclined to like their neighbors and know their names than people who live in more urban areas; homeowners, too, are much more likely than renters to like their neighbors (74 percent vs. 58 percent) and know their names (61 percent vs. 39 percent). Looking across regions, Midwesterners are the most likely to know their neighbors’ names: 60 percent do, compared with 51 percent in the Northeast and the South, and 49 percent in the West.
|% Who Know Their Neighbors’ Names||% Who Generally Like Their Neighbors|
|“It is important to me that my neighbors…”||All||Suburban||Urban|
|Speak the same language as me||33%||34%||27%|
|Are as involved with our neighborhood as I am||22%||22%||24%|
|Have the same family structure as me||16%||17%||13%|
|Keep the same hours as I do||13%||12%||15%|
|Are of the same race or ethnicity as me||10%||11%||8%|
|Have the same political views as me||4%||3%||5%|
- “Two thirds of Americans generally like their neighbors, but that doesn’t mean unconditional love. There are strings attached,” said Jed Kolko, Trulia’s Chief Economist. “One in five Americans judge their neighbors based on how their home looks, and almost one in three would complain to a landlord, the homeowners’ association, the police, or another local authority if they were in a disagreement with them. That nice family next door might be judging you – or going behind your back."
- “Because of the housing crash and foreclosure crisis, millions of formerly owner-occupied single-family homes became rentals,” said Jed Kolko, Trulia’s Chief Economist. “That’s bad news for the 51 percent of homeowners who say it’s important to them to have home-owning neighbors, but it beats living next door to a foreclosed, vacant house.”
- To download an infographic illustrating the findings above, click here.