What do buyers want in a home? One survey offers clues

A recent study of more than 22,000 homeowners who bought their homes within the last nine years found that current homeowners plan to be “more practical” in their next purchase, focusing on livable space rather than unnecessary upgrades. According to an LA Times article, some of the more relevant changes in consumer choices are:

  • Many of the luxury amenities once considered necessities among home buyers, such as community clubhouses, dog parks, golf courses, and 24-hour security, are no longer priorities, according to the survey. Repeat buyers also said a swimming pool isn’t a must, but a children’s playground with walking paths are essential.
  • One of the takeaways from the survey, according to an architect firm, is that buyers nowadays should rethink space. For example, buyers should look for kitchen cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling for added space and efficiency. They also should pass on high-priced focal stairways, opting instead of steps that are tucked away and out of sight.
  • Buyers also should be on the lookout for dead space. If the dining room or media room is eliminated, at least some of the square footage should be dedicated to secondary bedrooms. The once-standard 10-by-10 bedroom no longer is acceptable to most buyers.
  • The survey also found that many buyers have transitioned toward green features, such as high-efficiency appliances, insulation, and windows that are not large areas of glass. However, many buyers did not report the use of recycled materials as a necessity.
  • Other findings from the survey show that large kitchens, with islands, are desirable, as are main-floor master bedrooms, and two-car garages.

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