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What Homebuyers Want

New homebuyers looking at their home

What buyers want most in a home can vary depending on individual preferences and priorities. However, there are  common features that many home buyers consider important when searching for a new home. Here they are:

  • Location: The old real estate adage "location, location, location" still holds true. Many buyers prioritize the neighborhood and its proximity to their work, schools, amenities, and public transportation.

  • Affordability: Price is a significant factor for most home buyers. Affordability is determined by the overall cost of the home, including the purchase price, property taxes, homeowners' association fees, and maintenance costs.

  • Size and layout: Buyers often look for homes that meet their space requirements, whether they need more bedrooms, a larger kitchen, or extra living areas. The layout of the home should also be functional and suit their lifestyle.

  • Condition: The overall condition of the home, including the age of key systems (like HVAC, plumbing, and electrical), plays a crucial role in a buyer's decision. Many prefer homes that are move-in ready, while others are willing to take on renovation projects. Home inspection do a great job of providing a clear understanding of a home’s condition.

  • Safety and security: A safe and secure neighborhood is a top priority for most home buyers. Factors such as crime rates, well-lit streets, and security features in the home itself, like locks and alarms, are important considerations.

  • Schools: Families with children often prioritize the quality of local schools. Proximity to good schools can significantly impact a home's desirability.

  • Amenities and features: Buyers may have specific features in mind, such as a modern kitchen, updated bathrooms, a spacious backyard, a garage, or energy-efficient appliances.

  • Resale value: Many people think about the long-term value of the property and its potential for appreciation. This may include considering the neighborhood's growth and future development.

  • Outdoor space: A well-maintained yard, garden, or outdoor living area can be a major selling point, especially for those who enjoy spending time outdoors, which pretty much everyone.

  • Natural light and views: Bright and airy spaces with pleasant views are often preferred by home buyers. Large windows, open floor plans, and homes that connect with the outdoors can be appealing.

  • Energy efficiency and sustainability: A growing number of buyers are looking for homes with energy-efficient features, such as solar panels, double-pane windows, and energy-efficient appliances. Sustainability and lower utility costs can be attractive selling points.

  • Storage and organization: Adequate storage space, including closets, pantries, and a well-designed garage, can be a significant factor in a buyer's decision.

  • Low maintenance: Homes that require minimal maintenance are attractive to many buyers, particularly those with busy lifestyles.

It's essential to note that individual preferences can vary and what one buyer values highly, another may not prioritize as much. This is reflected in the reviews submitted on BetterNests. Buyers often make compromises based on their budget and specific needs. It makes sense to work with a real estate agent who can help you identify properties that align with your priorities and preferences. Reading reviews of homes that interest you will provide a different perspective. Generating BetterNestsAI reports help you keep track of properties of interest and help determine whether they meet your criteria for your new home.

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