Homebuyers’ Most Wanted Features


Homebuyers’ most wanted features in a home are constantly changing. After all, that is the nature of home design trends: one day they’re in, and the next they’re out. However, in the last year, a lot has changed…to say the least. Therefore, home trends and homebuyers’ needs have been evolving rapidly. Gone are the days of wanting an open floor plan, or wanting to be crammed into tall city buildings. Here are the features homebuyers are looking for now.

Home Offices

It’s no secret that working from home has become the norm and we may never go back into the office the way we did pre-pandemic. According to a survey by Porch.com, 17% of people say they’ve revamped their home in some way to add a home office. 33% said they have improved their high-speed internet connection. The desire for a home office also goes hand in hand with the desire for more space in general. That way, people have the option of using their extra space to work from home, study from home, or school from home. When looking to the future of new construction, expect to see flexible office space as a must-have for homebuyers.

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Even a spare corner can be turned into a great office space!

Gyms, Wellness, & Health

Along with home offices, homebuyers want to have separate, defined spaces for working out. Peloton bike sales are spiking as people start to focus more on their health. A new housing development in Long Island, NY even includes the Mirror, a smart mirror that streams workout classes, in every single unit. On the wellness side, consumers are going to start expecting fully decked-out master bedrooms and bathrooms. Bathrooms will become more spa-like with large soaking tubs, natural lights, and outdoor views. Bathrooms are going to get smarter too. Touchless sinks and toilets will pop up in private homes along with more sanitary antibacterial and antimicrobial surfaces like porcelain tiles, quartz, granite, etc.

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Even with vaccines rolling out, many people still don’t want to go back to the gym, making a home gym even more important.

Clearly Defined Spaces

Say goodbye to the open floor plan trend! As people spend more time at home, they don’t want to be working out and taking Zoom calls and homeschooling all in one open room. New homebuilders can easily make the switch, but what about people already living in open floor plans? Movable walls and partitions may go up in popularity. Of course, as homes become sanctuaries for their inhabitants, these mobile walls will contribute to the aesthetics of homes by featuring trendy designs and colors. Therefore, before you knock down a wall in your home, consider resale values. Will the homebuyer of the future like the changes you’re making to your home?

Did you know millennials are currently the largest demographic of homebuyers? Learn more HERE!

Clearly defined spaces (and headphones!) can help so that nobody is disturbed during their Zoom meetings or classes.

Outdoor Space

Creating a private space isn’t just for inside the house, homeowners want to have a private outdoor area as well. The option to sit outside and relax at home is huge when you’re also working from home. Private balconies in condos and large backyard spaces in single-family homes will become very desirable. Additionally, homebuyers will want the option to eat outside with their families. The outdoor dining spaces will have features like plants, water, trellises, and fire to amplify the space.

Want to transform your yard into something beautiful? Check out our blog on gardening!

A private outdoor area is huge on many homebuyers’ wish lists.

Post-Pandemic Homes and Homebuyers

We are still figuring out what our world will look like post-pandemic. However, after more than a year of living through it, we have a much better idea of how our lives have changed and how our desires at home have adapted. If you’re considering selling your home, these are all important features to keep in mind before you do any remodeling work. These trends can also help inform you when you’re staging your home in preparation for selling. Play up the best features of your home like a home office space, or a fabulous backyard.

If you’re in the market to sell your home and want to know how to use these trends to your advantage, give us a call! We’d love to help you figure out what your home is worth and how you can earn top dollar. Or, if your needs have changed thanks to the pandemic and you’re now considering a move, we can help with that too. Finally, if you’re simply curious how these trends may affect you now or in the future, we’d love to chat.

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About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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