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Colorado homebuyers are happy, mostly, but slightly less satisfied

Buying a home generally is a happy experience for most people, but a little less so in Colorado than in other states, according to a survey from LawnStarter.

“On five out of six questions, Colorado was below average in happiness, but only slightly so,” said Patricia Davis, a marketing analyst with LawnStarter, which surveyed 5,672 buyers on 118 questions that were grouped into six categories.

Colorado buyers had lower happiness scores than the country as a whole on questions about having “friendly neighbors,” “neighborhood safety,” and the availability of “good jobs.” They were almost even in the category of “a good place to raise kids.”

Compared to the U.S. scores, they were more likely to say they wouldn’t buy the same home again, but a little less likely to say they regretted buying a home.

Nationally, the survey found that those who bought bigger homes, at 3,000 square feet or more, scored much higher on the happiness scale than those who bought tiny homes, which are gaining in popularity. And those who made sacrifices, such as taking on a second job or not dining out, weren’t as happy in the end as those who didn’t have to stretch.