HERE'S WHAT HOME BUYERS WANT IN 2019

If you’re looking to draw in buyers this year, start in the laundry room.

According to the latest What Home Buyers Really Want (2019 edition) survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), laundry rooms and energy-saving features such as Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient windows and whole house green certification are among the most wanted home features.

The data, collected from a survey of nearly 4,000 home buyers—those who have either recently purchased a home or plan to purchase a home within the next three years—ranked 175 features based on how essential they are to a home purchasing decision.

The top 10 features also included home-storage needs, such as garage storage and walk-in pantries, plus hardwood flooring, a patio and exterior lighting.

Buyers are also selecting smaller homes, a result of higher home prices and tightening affordability. The NAHB noted a continued decline in the average home size since 2016 and decreased demand for upscale features such as three-plus-car garages. (Read more about garage trends here).

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