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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