Friday, October 18, 2019 / by Jacque Eaker
5 Features That Today’s Homebuyers Want Most
Homebuyers of today have become more practical since the housing market crisis. Today’s buyers don’t necessarily want or look for the Cathedral double high entryways and large stairways. What they do want is plenty of storage space. They want to be close to their jobs and integrated into their communities. And they want to keep their energy costs low.
Proximity to Work
The trend now, completely opposite of the last housing boom, especially for the “first time home buyers” is proximity to work. At 30%, the proximity to work was the most frequently cited reason for choosing a specific neighborhood. Homebuyers want to spend time in their home with their families rather than time just getting to the home.
The days of the double-height foyers are fading away as buyers are more interested in energy-efficient homes with energy-efficient appliances rather than the homes with the cavernous entryways. 9 out of 10 buyers would rather save on energy costs than owning a home with multiple rooms with the higher-vaulted and double-height ceilings.
Lots of Storage
What in the world would a buyer want that could possibly replace the whirlpool tub and six-burner stove? A linen closet, walk -in pantry, lots of cupboards and utility closets along with various other helpful organizers. At one time it was the fantasy home you saw on the cover of “Better Homes and Gardens”. Today, buyers are more realistic of the real day to day life and the joy of coming home from a trip to Costco and have plenty of room for all the essentials.
Quality of Space, Not Quantity
One thing to keep in mind is a non-functional floor plan will very quickly deter a potential buyer. A 2,000 sq. ft. functional floor plan will sell well before a 3,000 sq. ft. non-functional floor plan. A well planned out home needs to be open yet still define the floor plan that creates a connection between rooms while still having the privacy needed. They should also be easy to furnish. You don’t want a cut out or cut in on a wall leaving it difficult to rest furniture against or finding really nothing that you can do to make it appealing.
Connection to The Outdoors and To the Community Beyond
Another wonderful feature of a home that is making a comeback is a front porch. People are wanting to spend more time outdoors and also to engage with the neighbors and the community in general by hanging out on the front porch. Backyard patios and decks are also very desirable for entertaining, private picnics and BBQ’s. Nothing brings family and friends together like a BBQ full of hotdogs and hamburgers … maybe throw a steak or two in there!! This is how togetherness is created!
Please feel free to contact me anytime or if you have any questions I am happy to speak with you. You can reach me at (509) 270-7360 or email@example.com.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Jacque Eaker, Realtor
You can reach me at (509) 270-7360