Saturday, March 20, 2010

What do home buyers want now?

MacMansions are out. According to professional home designers and builders who were recently surveyed, today's home buyers are looking for value, economy and smart design -- not surprising in our current economic climate.

As families re-learn the art and pleasure of spending more time together, they want their homes to reflect these values and accommodate their leisure.

So, what are the features that accomplish these goals?

1. Large kitchens with island eating bars

2. Open floor plans that flow from the kitchen to the family room and beyond

3. Energy saving appliances, windows, heating/cooling systems

4. Home office space -- often for 2 working adults

5. Oversized garages for 2-3 cars, plus storage space

6. Master suites on the main floor

7. Outdoor living areas such as decks, patios and fire pits

8. Walkability -- nearby amenities including schools, playgrounds and transit stops

9. Ceiling fans and skylights

What about you? What does your dream house look like?

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