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What features do home buyers consider most important?

Once a home buyer gets past the basic features they need - bedrooms, bathrooms, etc - they start to focus on those essential features that make or break a home.  Some are easily added, others are not.  The infographic below from the California Association of REALTORS shows some examples of key features buyers are looking for most of the time when buying homes. 

In Silicon Valley, one of the features I see demand for is in-law units.  The requirement is almost always for a ground floor suite suitable for in-laws.  I've even had requests for self-contained units that include a kitchenette.  What's driving this request is the sharp rise in multi-generational housing - homes with 3 or more generations living there.  One challenge is that few homes offer this feature so it's something that has to be constructed.  Buyers who like newer construction, especially in high-density developments, will find this feature especially hard to locate.  


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Comment balloon 9 commentsBryan Robertson • October 08 2013 09:57AM


Here in Manhattan, one of the make or break features is closet space or the lack there of.  I've had listings where you have one or two closets in the entire apartment and the buyer/renter simply cant see themselves making it work. 

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 5 years ago


Gosh central air here in Texas is a necessity and no home would ever sell without it. The second bedroom on the first floor is becoming very popular feature along with having its own bathroom. Different areas of the country always have their own unique home requirements. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 5 years ago

Bryan - Great information on what our buyers consider important features.  This is a good chart to show sellers!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 5 years ago

Interesting post Bryan.  Back in the northeast I saw an increase in desire for inlaw suites as well - more & more buyers were picking up homes with them, and more people wanted loans to add them as additions.  Wonder if that trend will continue long-term. 

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 5 years ago

Hi Bryan,  Next-Gen homes are becomming very popular in Colorado.  They have a separate wing for that extended family member and they are building these as new homes.  What a great concept.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 5 years ago

THis is a perfect post for a builder that I'm working with while we're deciding on floorplans for a new development. 

Posted by Marc McMaster, Putting my clients before myself (RE/MAX Centre Realty) over 5 years ago

It actually makes sense. I am sure we willbe seeing more of this here in Florida as well

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 5 years ago

Bryan-This is a great discussion and as you can see from the comments, there are several features that pop up as being desireable. Some based on age of the buyer, and others based on area of the country or climate of the area.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) over 5 years ago


Very interesting fact about in-law suites.  I have noticed that in Hawaii, where that is an important factor. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 5 years ago

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