Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Five Things Buyers Want

The home at 2302 Cedar Elm Terrace is listedfor $1,788,000.
The home at 2302 Cedar Elm Terrace is listedfor $1,788,000.

A new generation of home buyers is redefining the way Americans look at home ownership. After interviewing the industry’s top agents, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s has discovered what buyers really want and reveal the top five trends attracting buyers now.

Great Outdoor Spaces - Screened-in porches and outdoor kitchens are a must for buyers. Think versatile seating, lighting options, built-in grills, pools, sport courts and all-weather flat screens.

Open Concept Kitchens - Open, airy floor plans are top of the list for today’s buyers with a need for space that allows people to interact while they cook, lounge or take in the big game.

Versatile Rooms – Mixed-use rooms like the exercise/craft room/kid's study are becoming more popular. It’s all about maximizing space without skimping on function and having the flexibility to allow rooms to evolve with changing needs. Buyers are opting for a library/study/man-cave over formal living and dining rooms, and instead using these spaces for something else, like a pool table.

The Home Office – A personal office space is now more desirable than ever because technology has made it possible for people to work from home. Having a separate space for business is essential for most buyers.

Technological Capabilities – A recent study on reveals that 77 percent of Gen X and Gen Y buyers want their homes equipped with technological capabilities—remote control of security systems, thermostats, window shades, media systems, etc. Agents confirm the trend, and say the desire for smart homes will only continue to grow with technological advances.

The elegant Village Home at 2302 Cedar Elm Terrace in Vaquero is listed by Jeff Watson for $1,788,000.

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