Faculty Staff Housing Survey


I.        Housing-Related Issues

Where do you live?
SELECT ONE
  In College Park
  Not in College Park, but in a neighboring town
  Elsewhere in Prince George’s County
  In Howard County
  In Montgomery County
  Elsewhere in Maryland
  In Virginia
  In DC
  Outside of the MD/VA/DC area

What is your current living situation and what situation would you prefer?
SELECT ONE IN EACH COLUMN
Current living situation
Own
Rent
Other (Please specify)
 
Preferred  living situation
Own
Rent
Other (Please specify)
 

What type of housing do you live in and what type would you prefer to live in?
SELECT ONE IN EACH COLUMN
Housing I live in now
Apartment
Condominium
Townhome
Single-family detached
Other (Please specify)
 
Housing I would prefer to live in
Apartment
Condominium
Townhome
Single-family detached
Other (Please specify)
 

Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your current dwelling situation?
SELECT ONE
  Very satisfied
  Somewhat satisfied
  Somewhat dissatisfied
  Very dissatisfied

Please consider the factors that may or may not be important to you when deciding where to live and how satisfied you are with those factors in your current living situation
 
* In Column A, indicate how important each factor is in selecting a home using a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = “not important” and 10 = “most important.”

* Once you have completed Column A, complete Column B by rating your satisfaction with your current housing on a scale of 1 to 10 for each factor, with 1 = “not at all satisfied” and 10 = “completely satisfied.”

A

B

Importance

Satisfaction Rating

Factor

1-10 Scale

1-10 Scale

Distance from campus/commuting time

Monthly housing costs/overall  cost of housing

Size of home (square footage)

Numbers of beds and baths

Condition of home

Size of yard

Neighborhood

Proximity to retail, restaurants, and entertainment

Avoiding living in a neighborhood dominated by students in group homes

Quality of local schools

Access to public transportation

Floor plan

Exterior architecture

Safety

Daycare/child care availability

Sustainability (living closer to campus to reduce pollution/carbon footprint)


How influential were the following sources of information when you were deciding where to live while working at UM?  (Skip to Question 7 if you did not move after accepting your job at UM.)
Friends/family
K-12 public school information websites
Neighborhood/municipal websites
Newspapers
Real estate agents
Work colleagues
Other
        (Please specify) 

II.       Assistance Options

A number of higher education institutions offer faculty/staff housing assistance programs in the community where they are located. Below is a list of some programs that other institutions offer. Please rank the following types of housing assistance, ranking only one as “Most Helpful” in terms of encouraging you to remain living in or moving to College Park or the immediate vicinity.
SELECT ONE FOR EACH HOUSING ASSISTANCE TYPE

Housing Assistance Type

Most Helpful

Helpful

Not Helpful

Faculty-Staff Housing Community: On or near campus. You buy only the house (the University owns the land) lowering your overall cost. To keep housing affordable in the future, the resale price of the house is tied to inflation.



Faculty-Staff Housing: Isolated houses not clustered in a single community as in option above. On or near campus. You buy only the house (the University own the land) lowering your overall cost. To keep housing affordable in the future, the resale price of the house is tied to inflation.



Faculty-Staff Rental Apartment Community: University-owned. On or near campus.



Forgivable Purchasing Loan Program: Loan for down payment or closing costs on a house near campus where the debt is reduced as the borrower meets certain requirements; for example, some of the loan is eliminated for every year worked at the University.- in other words, work off the loan.



Forgivable Improvement Loan Program: Loan for interior or exterior home improvements for a house near campus where the debt is reduced as the borrower meets certain requirements; for example, some of the loan is eliminated for every year worked at the University- in other words, work off the loan.



Centralized source for housing and relocation information, loan counseling, and provider discounts (e.g., discounted closing costs)




If your selected programs were implemented, would it encourage you to remain in/move to College Park or the immediate area?
SELECT ONE
  Yes
  No
  Was not interested in any program

Why would you NOT be interested in any of the proposed programs?
SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
  Do not want to move
  Already own a home
  Want separation between home and work
  Location of spouse/partner’s employment
  I do not believe I have the income for the monthly payments
  I do not believe I have the savings for downpayment and/or closing costs
  Do not want to live near students
  Concerns about local schools
  Age and condition of homes in College Park and the immediate area
  Lack of security in the neighborhood
  Lack of retail and entertainment
  Lack of access to public transportation
  Other (Please specify

If a faculty/staff for-sale or rental community were developed, what community amenities would be important? Rate the importance of each amenity on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 = “not important” and 5 = “extremely important”?
SELECT ONE FOR EACH AMENITY

Amenity

Not Important
1

2
3
4 Extremely Important
5
Exercise facilities





Social community room with kitchen





Barbecue/picnic area





Gated community





High speed wireless Internet





Swimming pool





Open green space





Additional parking for residents and guests





Regular security patrols





Monitored security camera system





On-site management






III. Demographics

Which of the following are you?
SELECT ONE
  Exempt staff
  Non-exempt staff
  Faculty
  Other
  Unsure

12Not applicable

Do you work at UM full-time or part-time?
SELECT ONE
  Full-time
  Part-time

How long have you worked at UM?
SELECT ONE
  Less than 1 year
  1 to 2 years
  3 to 5 years
  6 to 10 years
  11 to 20 years
  21 to 30 years
  Over 30 years

When do you plan to retire?
SELECT ONE
  Do not know/prefer not to answer
  In less than 1 year
  In 1 to 2 years
  In 3 to 5 years
  In 6 to 10 years
  In more than 10 years

In what ZIP Code do you live?

With whom do you live?
SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
  No-one, I live alone
  Spouse/partner
  Children; number of these under the age of 18
  Parents
  Other family members
  Roommates
  Other(s)

IV. Financial Information

(The information requested in the next two questions is critical to our study.  The information will be kept confidential and used only to help the university determine feasible demand for faculty and staff housing and related programs.)

 
How much money would you be able to invest (including down payment and closing costs, rounded to the nearest $1,000) in a home including any equity you might have from selling your existing home if you were to sell it to move?


What is your total annual household income from all sources?
SELECT ONE
  Less than $15,000
  $15,000-$24,999
  $25,000-$34,999
  $35,000-$49,999
  $50,000-$74,999
  $75,000-$99,999
  $100,000-$124,999
  $125,000-$149,999
  $150,000 and above

Comments

Please provide any further comments below. We are very interested in knowing in particular, your impressions of the area surrounding the University. What is appealing? What is not appealing? And feel free to add any other feedback you would like to regarding housing for UM faculty and staff. Thank you!

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