The terms house and home seem to be used interchangeably in market stats, but I wonder if thats really appropriate.

House: a building in which people live; residence for human beings, a household. Source

Home: a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household. the place in which one’s domestic affections are centered. Source

Both refer to a residence but the phrase home is more personal. There doesn’t seem to be a real correlation on who uses what pharse. Although the NAR uses home most likely for marketing emphasis, so does the Commerce department when tracking new home sales. Yet Commerce uses the term housing starts.

To me, home implies warmth, personal, a residence and house implies a unit of measure, a thing.

Plus a house is bigger, its got one more letter (wink).


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5 Responses to “House Versus Home”

  1. Yesim Numan says:

    I agree that there is a difference between “house” and “home” in terms of the underlying meaning they imply. I think “house” (or “apartment” in NYC) refers more to the property, while “home” is a warmer and much more emotional term to describe the place you live. The difference is most obvious when you compare a family looking to buy primary residence with an investor looking for property to flip or rent out. As a real estate broker, I would use the word “home” for the first, and “house” (or “apartment”) for the latter (not due to marketing concerns, but because I believe purchasing primary residence is the most personal and emotional transaction of one’s lifetime, and should be addressed appropriately).

  2. Madame X says:

    Aren’t there some stats that do only track single-family residences, i.e. “houses”, which if you’re getting into median or average prices, makes a BIG difference in NYC, where only the highest-end real estate falls into that category, as most “homes” are much smaller, cheaper apartments?

  3. John K says:

    I sell condos, but always use the word, “homes”, because it sounds “warmer”.

    Some people get really confused, when I say homes, because to them, home and house mean the same thing – a single-family dwelling.

  4. jf.sellsius says:

    Zillow values homes, not houses.

  5. Justin S says:

    I use the term house when talking to a seller, and the term home when talking to a buyer…