Ranch Homes Still Appealing to Buyers

January 15, 2013

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Ranch homes may have been an invention of the 1950s, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t desirable in today’s real estate market. According to the National Association of Home Builders, single-story construction of ranch homes has never fallen below 43 percent of all home building in the past 40 years.

Both younger and older buyers are embracing ranch homes. Aging homeowners enjoy the easy accessibility and not having to worry about stairs, while younger homeowners enjoy smaller floor plans that often cost less than two-story homes.

Another advantage of ranch homes are that they can be easier to modify than two-story homes. Since remodelers don’t have to worry about working around the problems of supporting a second floor, rooms can easily be expanded or combined allowing ranch-style homeowners to take on popular main living area projects such as a kitchen, great room or sunroom expansion.

While some prospective homeowners may be under the impression that ranch homes are ‘boxy’ or cramped, most of these homes include large picture windows, sliding glass doors that lead to back patios and two or even three-car garages.

In Chicago, a variety of ranch homes by local and national builders are currently for sale. Gerstad Builders, for example, offers eight different ranch-style floor plans ranging in size from 1,382 to 2,170 square feet.

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