Comparing to 5 years ago is a tougher question, and I would say less people are looking for them in this comparison.
Although it's true that it really just depends on the buyer and who wouldn't prefer 3 to 2 garage spaces I think the answer to your question is - no, these days people aren't seeking 3 car garages.
If there is any trend, it's that people are downsizing and demanding less and actually preferring it. More space means more hassle, more cost, more in taxes, more in energy costs etc. There really is no limit to what people may want but I would say the trend is now away from the McMansions and more towards location.
Hope this helps.
Ask my husband, he'd definitely pay for a 3rd garage. Hope this helps you.
Usually a high end property over 1 million 2 million etc. 3 and 4 car garages are not unusual especially in
areas with heavy winter weather..... One wants to assume that a home with 5 or 6 bedrooms may have more than 2 drivers, more than 2 cars....
But in general buyers prefer a 2 car garage to a one car garage and 2 1/2 is nice for extra storage
Check out your area and look at the size of homes, and pricing and how many garages they usually have, a local experienced Realtor in your area can also help you with the information.... but most of the times
the size of the garage is not the most important point for most buyers, location, schools, upgrades, floor plan etc. etc. and lot size may be more important as long as it is a 2 car garage or 2 1/2
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What I have come across more frequently is Buyers who need a garage that either has a 9' high door for their SUV with rooftop carrier mounted on, or a garage that's deep enough for their truck or Suburban style SUV. Many garages are simply not deep enough to handle these oversized vehicles particularly if they have a hitch mounted on them.
I expect over the long term to see Buyers focusing more on quality and location and less on size when it comes to homes. Many of the largest homes I've seen are in my opinion have lousy floor plan and while the house may be 4500 square feet or more, it's got lots of wasted space. While properly designed homes of 3000 square feet or less actually "live larger"
There will always be buyers who want to impress, Bigger Home, Biggest Garage etc and those that simply have lots of toys, be it a boat, snow mobiles, ATV whatever that they want to keep in the garage.
Just for the record I live here in Durham I have a two car garage, and in the past 6.5 years that I've been in this home my wife and I have never had our cars inside the garage. We use it mainly for our gardening stuff, left over building materials from building projects I've done, etc.
I think it really depends on the price range as to wether or not a buyer is looking or expects a 3 car garage. Once you get over about 500K it becomes more of a issue for a buyer. The higher the price over that figure the more it becomes expected that a 3 car will be present. Hope that answers your question. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
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I think this goes more to a buyer's expectations, rather than what they are seeking. At a certain "luxury" price point (which varies from area to area), the buyer will expect a 3 car garage...even if they don't need one at that point.
In the more "usual" or middle price ranges, a 3 car garage isn't really an asset, as most buyers don't expect it. They would prefer interior living space to the extra garage.
In the higher price ranges, they want it all!
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