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The Top 13 Features Buyers Want in a Home

18 Mar, 2024

“I want to find the home of my dreams!” Most buyers feel this way as they begin their search for a home. Good real estate agents know how to help their buyers through this process and likewise encourage their sellers to make changes to get their home off the market faster. Here’s an overview of some the top features buyers are looking for in homes right now.

A National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey looked to gain insights on what features buyers are focused on right now. The study found that approximately 80% of buyers consider the following features to be “essential” or “desirable.”

  • Laundry room
  • Patio
  • Energy Star windows
  • Exterior lighting
  • Ceiling fan
  • Garage storage
  • Front porch
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Full bath on the main level
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Walk-in pantry
  • Landscaping
  • Table space in the kitchen

If you or your client is a seller, these features are very important to keep in mind in order to beat out competition and sell your home faster.

Technology Matters

Another area that the study highlighted was technology features. According to NHBA, “Technology features are becoming increasingly popular, most notably security cameras, wired home security systems, programmable thermostats, video doorbells, multizone HVAC systems and energy management systems.”

Don’t Forget the Trends

Most of us have seen the home-fixer-upper shows or have seen house décor advertisements and social media posts urging us to make our home as trendy and styled as possible. These images and pressures impact buyers. Many buyers are looking for homes that have some of these “nice-haves” to meet their aesthetic and social needs. NHBA lists some of these as:

  • Quartz or engineered stone for kitchen countertops
  • Lighting control systems
  • Outdoor fireplaces
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Built-in kitchen seating
  • Exposed beams

In today’s housing market, understanding the top features home buyers are looking for is a must. However, every home buyer is unique which is why it’s so important real estate agents find out their must-haves and work with them to find something as close to their “dream home” as possible.

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