What Do Home Buyers Want In 2019?

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Knowing what the average home buyer wants in the current market is important for buyers, sellers, and Realtors.

For buyers, it’s important to know what the current trends are, to know how many new construction homes may be coming, or what features resales might have. For sellers, you should know how your home stacks up against what buyers are looking for to highlight key features that a buyer may find desirable.

For Realtors, it’s important to know what’s popular for our clients on both the buyer and seller side so we can help facilitate the process and make it as seamless as possible.

All around, anyone interested in the real estate market in 2019 will want to know what the latest trends are for home buyers in 2019. Find out more here.

Top 2019 Home Features

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released their results from the 2019 “What Home Buyers Really Want” survey. In this survey, they asked nearly 4,000 home buyers who have recently purchased a home or plan to purchase a home within the next 3 years, ranking 175 features based on how essential they are to a home-purchasing decision.

Some characteristics that stood out as the most wanted home-features are:

* Laundry rooms

* Energy-saving features – like Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient windows, and whole house green certifications

* Home storage, like garage storage and walk-in pantries

* Hardwood flooring

* Patios

* Exterior lighting

2019 Home Size and Location Trends

Trends also indicate buyers are interested in smaller homes. The average home size has been steadily declining for the past two years, after it peaked at 2,689 square feet in 2015.

Smaller homes like townhomes now comprise 14% of new homes, and the US Census Bureau put the average home square footage at 2,576 in 2018. Trends from the survey also indicate the other upscale features that increase the size of the home – like having more than four bedrooms or three bathrooms, and three-plus-car garages – are decreasing as well.

NAHB’s survey also supplied key information on locations of homes that buyers prefer. With 64%, the suburbs are the most desirable location for homes, followed by a rural setting with 24%, and lastly central city locations with 11%. The data indicates generational differences in these preferences, with millennials being most likely to buy a home in a central city.

Other Real Estate and Home Trends to Watch For

When it comes to kitchen and dining areas, 86% of buyers prefer a completely or partially open floor plan. Other top trends they prefer are stainless steel appliances (67%), followed by granite or natural stone kitchen counter tops, and white kitchen cabinetry (32%). Research indicates that white on white, or gray on white coloring is an emerging trend for kitchens and bathrooms, in terms of cabinets and countertops.

Other rising trends in homes include – farmhouse style homes incorporating ample amounts of wood, engineered quartz countertops for color flexibility, vinyl and resilient flooring (especially in aging homes), wireless controls, open interior and exterior spaces in the kitchen; and higher-end fixture installations in the bathroom (wall-mounted sinks, faucets, and toilets).

Work with A Licensed Realtor To Buy or Sell You Home In Southwest Florida

If you’re ready to buy or sell your home in Southwest Florida, the best way to make the process as easy and efficient as possible is to work with a licensed realtor.

Jay Montgomery is a licensed Realtor that specializes in homes for sale in Estero, Bonita Springs, and Naples. With his expertise in the area and 12+ years of experience in real estate, he will make the experience of selling or buying a home smooth and enjoyable. Click here to contact Jay and get started today.

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