Laundry RoomAn upscale kitchen and plenty of space will always be on the Must Have list of home buyers, but what else are new home buyers looking for while house hunting? Surveys by the National Association of Home Builders show the latest in demand must haves!

1. Walk In Closets

Large closets, particularly in the master bedroom is one of home buyers top priorities. Many even said they would sacrifice another home feature in order to have a walk in closet in the master bedroom.

2. Luxurious Laundry Rooms

Buyers are looking for more than just a place to put their washer and dryer. They want upgraded laundry rooms – complete with built-in ironing boards, space for folding clothes, extra storage and upgraded appliances.

3. Energy Efficiency

Home buyers are looking to cut utility costs, and energy efficiency appliances and products can be one way to do that. Low e-windows, Energy Star appliances, and programmable thermostats are more in demand.

4. Great Rooms

These large open spaces (that often merge dining rooms, living rooms and kitchens) continue to be in high demand among home buyers. It is an area where everyone in the family can sit around, where the kids can do their homework while dinner is being prepared.

5. Taller First Floor Ceilings

More home buyers want the first floor to stretch beyond the typical eight foot ceiling. They are asking for nine foot ceilings when building a new home. The taller ceilings can open up living rooms, dining rooms and other spaces on the first floor. Many home buyers do not want the cathedral ceiling on the second floor which they want to feel more cozy.


Lisa Southern Real Estate is located at 15 E. Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 and specializes in the Downtown Raleigh real estate market. If you are interested in living, investing, renting or selling in Downtown Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs or Fuquay Varina, contact us today at 919-800-0800 or to start your home search, visit our website!

Mar 03, 2015 | Filed under: Downtown Raleigh Real Estate, First Time Buyer, Inside the Beltline by Team Southern

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