Homebuyers Want Efficiency Above All

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May 11, 2015

A trend that appeared before the recession was the high demand for luxury amenities such as outdoor kitchens. Today, buyers want walk-in closests and smart thermostats.

Realtor.com reports that homebuilders across the nation “have decided to skip the sexy, cutting out [luxury] features in favor of efficient, organized, and pragmatic ones.”

A survey of nearly 400 builders found that demand for walk-in closets, laundry rooms, energy-efficient windows and appliances, and programmable thermostats were on the rise.

Meanwhile, fewer homebuyers find an outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplaces, sunrooms, main-level carpeting, and media rooms to be a necessity or at least desirable.

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