As the spring home-buying season kicks into full gear, the home building industry is celebrating New Homes Month in April. If you’re in the market for a new home, you’re probably thinking about what features are essential on your must-have list. Do you wonder if other home buyers are looking for the same things?
A recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveals what consumers are looking for in their house hunting this year. Both first-time buyers and existing homeowners were asked about the features they consider essential in their next home.
Nearly half of first-time home buyers rank these features among their top five must-haves:
· Living room
· Laundry room
· Dining room
· Garage storage
· Walk-in closet in the master bedroom
First-time buyers are also looking for a front porch, a 2-car garage and a double sink in the kitchen.
Are existing homeowners looking for dramatically different features as they look to move up or downsize? In fact, their list of essential items includes many of the same preferences of first-time buyers. But they also are looking for more, including a patio, table space for eating in the kitchen, hardwood floors on the main level, Energy Star appliances and granite countertops in the kitchen.
Both sets of home buyers are continuing their commitment to energy efficiency in 2018. Energy-efficient features like low-E windows and Energy Star-certified appliances are among the popular desired features.
Home buyers also indicated their openness to joining the tiny home trend. NAHB found that 53 percent of respondents would consider purchasing a home of 600 square feet or less at some point during their lifetime. Perhaps not surprisingly, Gen Xers and millennias were much more open to the idea of a tiny house than baby boomers and seniors.
Contact your local builders association in Pennsylvania at www.pabuilders.org/find-a-local to learn about the latest features available in new homes in your area.