What Do Home Buyers Really Want? A Look at Some of the Top Trends

For the first time in a long time, it looks like the housing market is favoring buyers over sellers. That means motivated builders can benefit from paying close attention to exactly what new home buyers are looking for in their dream homes.

Lucky for them, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released its 2019 What Home Buyers Really Want report earlier this year, which ranked nearly 200 different features based on the survey responses of more than 4,000 home buyers.

Some trending features—like hardwood floors—come as no surprise, but others may have you rethinking your home designs to attract even more new buyers in 2019 and beyond. We’ve broken down a few of our favorites.

Plenty of storage space

This applies to everything from the kitchen pantry to the bedroom closets, where most home buyers are hoping to see walk-in spaces. They’re also looking formore room in the garage to store everything from camping gear to lawn and garden equipment.

Granite and natural stone countertops

In addition to an open-concept kitchen area with crisp white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, new home buyers are loving the look of granite and other natural stone surfaces. And who could blame them? Unique grains and colors are available to match nearly any style or taste, and there are plenty of highly affordable options.

A patio you can spend time on

Design-forward outdoor spaces have become increasingly popular as a way to relax and unwind, spend time with the family, and entertain guests all year long. Think built-in fire pits for cooler weather, awnings for shade in the summer months, and plenty of space for the whole family.

More energy-saving features

The majority of home buyers surveyed indicated they would like their homes to be more energy efficient. This includes Energy Star appliances as well as energy-saving ceiling fans, heating and cooling units, and windows and doors.

A functional laundry room

Gone are the days of washers and dryers tucked into leftover hallway space. Modern home buyers want a separate space for washing, drying, and folding their laundry—plus enough storage room for things like detergent, dryer sheets, and other necessities.

Vinyl and resilient flooring is also making a comeback.

 And no wonder—today’s options are certainly not your grandmother’s vinyl floors.  Chic and stylish, they’re giving stone tile and hardwood floors a run for their money. Plus, they’re low-maintenance and durable enough for heavy traffic.  

 Looking for a design partner to help you stay on trend? Let’s work together.  

 For more than 40 years, Primera has been partnering with top home builders to deliver the highest standards of design, installation, service, and support.

 Our unmatched product inventory ensures builders stay on top of the latest home buyer trends, and with the help of VEO Design Studio, Primera can create custom design centers for home builders in any location.

 Call 866.752.7336 or email info@primera.net to partner with Primera today.

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