10 Top Features Home Buyers Want for 2019

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

 

The National Association of Home Builders has released its Home Buyers Survey, indicating the top features home buyers want most in 2019. Although extremely helpful for new home builders, homeowners who are thinking about selling might also pay attention. 

The survey identifies 175 items that are rated “essential”, “desirable”, “indifferent” and (just as important) “do NOT want”. An interesting note is that, while baby boomers trended along with general home buyers in desirables, they have stronger opinions about what they do and do not want.

2019 Survey Reveals What Home Buyers Really Want – With Some Surprises

Some features are not surprises – energy efficiency shows up (explicitly or implied) as four of the top 10 items. Surprisingly, laundry rooms are at the top of the essential features buyers want. Although, this factors in with the other items baby boomers desire – smaller homes with single-level living and open floor plans. Having a laundry room keeps clutter out of view and helps keep smaller homes organized. Ceiling fans are also big – consistent with the energy efficiency theme. 

 

 

 

The Full Survey Identified 175 Features – Here Are The Top 10

 

 

It’s Also Helpful To Know What is Undesirable

Also consistent with baby boomers’ desire for one-level living, elevators were rated the least desirable feature in a home – one that would cause them not to buy it. Although this was not as much of a deal breaker for buyers from other age groups.  These undesirable items are certainly subjective, but nonetheless informative.

Percentages of those who said “No” to these features:

Elevator – 74%
Wine Cellar – 69%
Second-story Family Room – 59%
Dual Toilets in Master Bath – 57%


While this survey can guide new home construction, it also can help sellers of existing homes. For example, adding a laundry room is not on the list of the best returns for home improvement projects. However, there may be other areas in the home that can be converted easily – like a closet in a bathroom with room for a stackable. Or, even the garage might be an option. Access to utilities will determine the ease and expense of such an addition.

 

More to consider...

Here's an additional note based on our experience with clients. There is another segment of baby boomers who downsized, and are now choosing to upsize. The main reason given is needed room for visiting children and grandchildren. They are also requesting enough land to garden and find serene views highly desirable. 

 

If you are thinking about selling your home and want to learn more about what buyers really want, give us a call. We'll help you sort out the best way to present and market your home. 

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Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Debb and Bernie -  the laundry room surprises me.  I never liked ceiling fans in New York because I have a colonial house but I have them in all the rooms in Florida.

Apr 08, 2019 10:42 AM #11
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Like Michael Jacobs I find these lists fascinating as well, especially when they defy logic. You wonder are people making things up or answering questions the way they think the person who submitted the question wants to hear. Because making a laundry room the #1 thing a buyer wants in a new home sounds ridiculous.

Nobody else will say it, so I will.

Apr 08, 2019 12:52 PM #12
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Grant Schneider  Me too, but then if one doesn't have a laundry room, it would be pretty inconvenient.  Who wants to go to out to do laundry? 

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%  - I'm guessing it might be how the question is asked. I wouldn't want to go to a coin operated spot to do my laundry. If that was my only choice, a laundry room would become quite essential and rank pretty high. 

Apr 08, 2019 12:57 PM #13
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Apr 08, 2019 01:42 PM #14
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Thanks Marti!  

Apr 08, 2019 04:12 PM #15
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Hi Debb and Bernie- I too am a lover of these lists but I too have to wonder how the questions are worded. I've moved a lot and lived in many homes and for the most part have had a laundry room. It is surprising how high it ranks on the "Want" lists, though. 

My largest complaint about homes built for us baby boomers is that they tend to shrink the whole house. Larry and I had planned on a one story home that was smaller however everything we saw that was one story had very little storage and the ceilings were too low. We love the openness of a high ceiling.

 

Apr 08, 2019 07:57 PM #16
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Scott Godzyk
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I am not one for the dual toilets either. I have been out viewing new construction and am puzzled by some builders who chose to save on this and waste on that. Shrinking the house does not work for me either

Apr 09, 2019 06:09 AM #17
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Brian England
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Now I see what all of the pondering was about from Michael Jacobs and of the items on the list, it does make sense that having a laundry room is desirable.  In my area, many older homes will have the laundry hook ups in the garage, so I can see where having an actual laundry room would be much more desirable.

Apr 09, 2019 07:03 AM #18
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Beth Atalay
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Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, interesting, I'm surprised to see laundry room on the top of the list. In NY, older apartment buildings do not have laundry rooms but in FL, most do. I would love to know where do these buyers live and how the questions were worded.
  In FL, most buyers do want ceiling fans but that's easy to fix so not a deal breaker for sure.

Apr 09, 2019 07:06 AM #19
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Yes, Brian England - at our multi gen home, we have a laundry room in our home, Cheri and Bob ( my sis and her hubby) put in a laundry space in the large garage. Admitedly, I prefer doing my laundry inside and not in a garage - they don't seem to mind, but I'm sure it would be better if they had a laundry room downstairs too.  

Apr 09, 2019 07:16 AM #20
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Beth Atalay - yes, it is a bit curious.  Bernie says the data came from buyers all around the country.  They had either planned to purchase, or recently purchased, a new construction home. 

Apr 09, 2019 07:19 AM #21
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Roy Kelley
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This is an excellent list to share with prospective home buyers.

One of the issues we have seen while looking at new homes is the lack of closet space including linen closets. 

Apr 09, 2019 07:47 AM #22
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Debb and Bernie, I find lists like these fascinating and enjoy reading them. I echo what many others have noted, a laundry room is really nice to have IMHO. Elevator surprised me too but, likely because my parents bought a home with one when they retired so that when the stairs become too hard they can stay in the home longer. It currently gets used for their dog because he's an old man and no longer capable of doing stairs. Dual toilets in the master bath would be a no for me, I laughed at your comment with dueling to Scott. That's exactly what I thought of haha. 

Apr 10, 2019 04:32 AM #23
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                                        Thank you Debb and Bernie. 

Apr 13, 2019 06:52 PM #24
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Debb. I am surprised by many of the things on your list but oh well......

Apr 14, 2019 04:26 AM #25
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Sharon Lee
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Very interesting list. I had a washer and dryer in the apartment I had in Tennessee.  It was nice not to have to drag it to the laundromat.  Now  I always find campgrounds with them. 

Apr 14, 2019 05:51 AM #26
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "AH-Ha" moments for the week. I'm very surprised this post didn't earn a gold star. I was surprised by some items the list but then again this was from across the US and I do feel there are regional differences. Everyone loves the farmer sinks here..when cooking it's great to have big sinks for those pots and many of our cultures use big posts when cooking! Our laundry rooms are important and have morphed into laundry room/mud room. Places to hang backpacks etc.

Apr 14, 2019 06:00 AM #27
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HI Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - This is an essential list to help us understand our buyer and seller needs.  Most of my homes I sell have laundry rooms so it does not usually come up.  I did not know!

Apr 14, 2019 07:54 AM #28
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I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post this week!  Great job!

Apr 15, 2019 06:28 AM #29
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Sharon Tara
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Wow...duel toilets in master bath? That is a new one to me. That one made me laugh.

Apr 15, 2019 12:44 PM #30
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