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10 Features Homebuyers Are Searching For

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Trends change from year to year and what homebuyers find hot is no exception. New homebuilding or older home adaptations that take into account newer technologies is expected nowadays. Here are 10 hot home features that are trending right now.

  1. Smaller square-footage homes. Sprawl is out in new construction. Less space with better finishes is in.
  2. Quality kitchen cabinets. As many kitchens are open to the living areas, buyers want furniture-style cabinets.
  3. Bamboo wood floors. Not only is it ecological and very hard, this flooring has remained a favorite light-colored wood flooring choice for several years.
  4. Wall space for flat-screen TVs. Plenty of space is needed along with power and cable boxes close to locations where the latest technology will be used. Even wireless technology needs power.
  5. Wide balconies and decks. With smaller interior square-footage homes, homebuyers want usable outdoor space(s) big enough to put in a table, chairs, some pots for landscaping and maybe an outside fire pit.
  6. Dog parks. These are a very popular place for both pets and neighbors to meet and socialize. Check out the nearest one before buying an existing home. Many new developments have or plan to have dog parks.
  7. Separate shower stalls and bathtubs. This satisfies both schools of bathing: shower versus soaking tub. Not having one of each in the main bedroom, especially in new construction, could break the deal.
  8. Carbon monoxide detectors. These inexpensive detectors should be in every home along with smoke detectors. Along with saving lives, it can appease a home inspector.
  9. Guest parking. Extra parking space is a necessity in today's vertical homes of condominiums and lofts. Homebuyers may buy or lease an extra space for the convenience of guests.
  10. Electric vehicle charging station. A number of new home builders, such as KB Homes, installs electric charging stations in their garages. This is fast becoming a popular new-home feature.

As a seller or builder, refrain from putting in upgrades that appear "cheap" or out-of-date. Quality materials and workmanship are always appreciated over bad or trendy materials and poor workmanship.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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