Archives for the month of: May, 2012

A realtor friend sent me this today.

What do you think? Did they hit the mark or miss it?

5 Things Buyers Want in New Homes Now

by HOOKEDONHOUSES on MARCH 12, 2010

Coastal Living Idea House 09 exteriorThere’s an interesting article on MarketWatch touting the must-have features buyers are demanding from new homes now.  An annual survey reveals what is gaining in popularity among home buyers, and what is no longer as important. I thought it would be interesting to take our own little survey to see if you agree–or disagree–with some of their findings. What would be important to you in a new house, and what could you live without?

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1. Large Kitchens with Islands. Kitchens are still the best place to spend your design dollars. They’re one room that buyers aren’t willing to downsize. Paul Cardis, CEO of AVID, says granite countertops are a must for move-up buyers and buyers of custom homes, but for others “they are on the bubble.”

  • A must-have!
     47%
  • Would be nice, but not necessary.
     45%
  • Low on my list of priorities.
     7%

Closed

Total Votes: 1,298

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2. Home Offices. People say they’d rather have a study than a formal dining room.

  • A must-have!
     43%
  • Would be nice, but not necessary.
     39%
  • Low on my list of priorities.
     17%

Closed

Total Votes: 1,273

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3. First-Floor Master Bedrooms. This used to be most important for people who didn’t have young children living at home. Now it’s becoming more popular across the board.

  • A must-have!
     33%
  • Would be nice, but not necessary.
     24%
  • Low on my list of priorities.
     41%

Closed

Total Votes: 1,277

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jane-coslick-designs-screened-porch-fish-camp-cottage4. Outdoor Living Rooms. The survey shows that even people living in colder climates like Canada are spending more time outdoors and want their homes to accommodate them.

  • A must-have!
     43%
  • Would be nice, but not necessary.
     38%
  • Low on my list of priorities.
     17%

Closed

Total Votes: 1,245

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5. Soaker Tubs. Losing popularity in the bathroom: whirlpool tubs. Gaining: oversize showers with seating.

  • A must-have!
     34%
  • Would be nice, but not necessary.
     30%
  • Low on my list of priorities.
     35%

Closed

Total Votes: 1,265

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Are there features in a new home that would be more important to you than any of these listed here? What would they be?

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