New Home Builder New And Old Trends May Surprise You

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From the National Association of Homebuilders the latest trends... emphasis on energy efficiency and less is more...

Items most likely to be found in new homes for 2010:

1.     Walk-in closet in master bedroom

2.     Separate laundry room

3.     Insulated front door

4.     Great room

5.     Low-E windows

6.     Linen closet

7.     Programmable thermostat

8.     Energy-efficient appliances and lighting

9.     Separate shower and tub in master bedroom

10.   Nine-foot ceilings on first floor

The least likely items homebuyers will find in new homes this year include:

1.     Outdoor kitchen

2.     Outdoor fireplace

3.     Sun room

4.     Butler's pantry

5.     Media room

6.     Desk in kitchen

7.     Two-story foyer

8.     Eight-foot ceiling on first floor

9.     Multiple shower heads in master bath

10.   Smaller kitchen area than in recent years

Those age 55 and older have a slightly different "want" list in a new home:

1.     Washer-dryer in the unit

2.     Storage space

3.     Windows that open easily

4.     Garage door opener

5.     Easy-to-use thermostat

6.     Master bedroom on first floor

7.     Private patio

8.     Porch

9.     Attached garage

10.   Bigger bathrooms


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Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Gary... interesting, I just saw an article online today that said that energy efficiency will be the trend in home remodeling projects for 2010.

Jan 22, 2010 10:23 PM #1
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Gary, interesting list, definitely energy efficiency is big.  9 foot ceilings surprises me, although they are quite nice, I wonder how much that extra foot adds to the total cost of the home?

Jan 22, 2010 11:09 PM #2
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


No handicap bars in baths.

Wider doors and halls?

Den or study/library?

Maid's quarters?

4 car garage and parking for 10 cars?


Jan 22, 2010 11:22 PM #3
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices


This is just the beginning. The real change in a harsh look at what the resources are, and how to use them, has not come yet.

@Mary, 9' ceiling is not just height, whichc you can see as cost, it is also the volume of air in a room, and it can dramatically change the way your AC or heating works.

Jan 22, 2010 11:32 PM #4
Liz Moras
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake - Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford

Hmmm interesting we must have different lists! Almost the reverse! 9ft ceilings are more or less the norm in  new housing here.

Jan 22, 2010 11:50 PM #5
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Gary,

Interesting stuff. Looking at the 44+ I'd imagine a SINGLE STORY would have benn #1. I spend a little time in the So Cal desert area near Palm Springs and there if it's not a single story, you can forget it. 

Jan 22, 2010 11:56 PM #6
Gabrielle Nemes
RE/MAX Select R.E. - Auburn, WA
206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate

9' ceilings? Really? Up here in the PNW, we're still seeing huge high entryways ... and a LOT of 9' ceilings. I wonder if that's a standard. Hadn't thought about it that way.

Good list!

Jan 23, 2010 12:07 AM #7
Gabe Sanders
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I saw this too Gary.  Less mansions and more affordable, efficient homes.  A reflection of the economy.

Jan 23, 2010 06:14 AM #8
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

How about upper level laundry rooms? I am seeing more and more new builds accomodating this request. But then this is Maryland and most homes have basements and are two levels!

Jan 23, 2010 06:16 AM #9
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Goodness.  I don't know how this list was developed, but it doesn't reflect my new home buyer's requests nor my experience.

New homes are my business and I know what buyers want. 

Also, buyer's desires are quite price sensitive. 

1.     Walk-in closet in master bedroom - Fundamental.

2.     Separate laundry room - Separate from what.  The question is on what level?????

3.     Insulated front door - Never.

4.     Great room - Still not popular here.  Family room?  Yes, but they still want a living room.

5.     Low-E windows - Never.  Simply taken for granted.

6.     Linen closet - Nope.

7.     Programmable thermostat - Nope.

8.     Energy-efficient appliances and lighting - Nope

9.     Separate shower and tub in master bedroom - Yes, but that's pretty price sensitive and not likely in low sq. ft. condos.

10.   Nine-foot ceilings on first floor - Absolutely.  Once a buyer walks into a "volume" level, they'll never want an 8 ft. ceiling on the mail level again in new construction.


Jan 23, 2010 06:18 AM #10
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

More closet space and storage space will be on top of the list for all the Manhattan New York buyers! Space are so hard to come by on this island!

Jan 23, 2010 07:26 AM #11
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Interesting list, Gary. Any ideas on how to lift off a second storey to add that extra foot of ceiling height to the ground floor?  Sellers want to know... : )  -- Tanya in Montreal

Jan 23, 2010 07:43 AM #12
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Sounds pretty basic to me.  That linen closet is questionable, but the rest, absolutely.  Makes a ton of sense, and I hear these comments all the time!!!

Jan 23, 2010 08:10 AM #13
Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent

Very interesting..I am surprised by some of the things not likely, like the planning desk in the kitchen, sunrooms

Jan 23, 2010 08:46 AM #14
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor

Gary...I'm not 55, but I would really want the master on the main level...Have a good weekend...Cherise

Jan 23, 2010 09:20 AM #15
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Gary, great lists...  but I'm with Cherise!  Main floor masters are a BIG deal these days especially to the over 55 crowd!

Jan 23, 2010 10:46 AM #16
Monique Hailer & Todd Combs, PA
Schooner Bay Realty - Cape Coral, FL
Waterfront Specialists!

Gary ~ Well lots of comments here. First floor master, great rooms yes. I have had moare people mentioin the utility bills in today's market.

Jan 24, 2010 01:41 PM #17
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I swear my eyes are going blurry. I read your last feature "bigger bathrooms" and I thought it said blogger bathrooms. I'm like, whoa, wait a minute, that's carrying blogging a bit too far!

Jan 24, 2010 02:05 PM #18
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

I notice a demand for master bedrooms on the main floor from buyers across a varying age group, not just seniors. I also wonder about the trend to put the master closets in the master bathroom. I have yet to have a buyer client who likes that.

Jan 24, 2010 04:17 PM #19
Debbie Hutchins
International, IT

Very good post Gary, but I will be curious to see WHEN the builders will become comfortable with the maret and start building again.  The ones that do I think will start slow.  They are still getting advice that this year will began the turn but that it will still be very slow for this year.


Jan 24, 2010 08:01 PM #20
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