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Identifying the preference of buyers of single-family homes in Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Ameen Bin Mohanna (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Architecture and Planning, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia)
Ali Alqahtany (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Architecture and Planning, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia)

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

ISSN: 1753-8270

Article publication date: 19 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to identify the preferred characteristics of buyers of single-family homes in Saudi Arabia with an emphasis on the city of Dammam.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected using face-to-face structured interviews conducted from November 2016 to May 2017 with 177 owners of single-family homes that were purchased between 2010 and the first quarter of 2017.

Findings

The findings indicate that homes can be divided into three types: villas, detached duplexes and semi-detached duplexes. Also, more than three-quarters of the respondents purchased their homes through mortgages from either lenders or the government. It seems we find that the advantages of the detached duplex, particularly its privacy level, over other types of single-family homes induce homebuyers to choose this home type.

Originality/value

In this study, the authors analyze housing preferences among various segments of the Saudi society, in the city of Dammam, to understand the housing supply in Saudi Arabia. Only a few studies have investigated the preferences of homebuyers in Saudi Arabia. Below the authors provide a literature review, discuss data and methods and results, as well as provide concluding remarks.

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Citation

Bin Mohanna, A. and Alqahtany, A. (2019), "Identifying the preference of buyers of single-family homes in Dammam, Saudi Arabia", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 165-184. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHMA-02-2019-0011

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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