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 High speed Internet access, a patio or balcony and in-unit laundry top the list of favorite amenities, according to a new landmark survey by the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and Kingsley Associates.

The study included a sampling of residents from twelve industry-leading multifamily firms who own or operate over 550,000 units across the United States. The nearly 15,000 resident responses from more than 1,400 apartment communities cover top apartment features, community amenities, pet-specific features, online communications, property management perceptions and many other areas.

The report also includes market-specific information for 22 metro areas, as well as data segmented by age, income, apartment class and other demographic variables.

Additional highlights from the 2013 NMHC / Kingsley Associates Survey of Apartment Resident Preferences include:

Garbage disposals ranked high on the list.

By comparison, only 70 percent rate cable TV as important or very important “ less than features like a ceiling fan, granite counter tops or a walk-in pantry.

The most popular community amenities are a fitness center (84 percent rating it important or very important), package delivery room (78 percent) and community-wide Internet access (70 percent).

Despite the interest in Internet access, only 30 percent of residents expect their apartment community to have a Facebook page.

More information about the survey can be found http://www.nmhc.org/ResearchReport.cfm?ItemNumber=61520

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