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What Do Home Buyers Want?

Top 5 Most Popular Features Requested

We've all heard the mantra: Location, location location. But once you find the perfect location, you still need to make that place the best home for you, your family and friends to gather.

Are you curious about what features that others are looking for in a new home? Here are some of the most popular features currently trending:

An Open Floor Plan - Buyers are looking for open spaces that flow from one area to the next. Most importantly, they want the kitchen to be open to the family room. The kitchen is the hub of the home for many people and the openness between the kitchen and family room creates the "great room." The era of connected living is here - no need for so many walls and doors.

Hardwood Floors - Adios, wall-to-wall carpet! Many homebuyers are looking for hardwood floors on the main floor of the home. Hardwood flooring looks especially beautiful when flowing throughout an open floor plan. Also in high demand are tiles that have the look of wood. These tile products come in a wide array of colors, sizes and grains and combine the look, beauty and style of wood with the advantages of tile.

A Modern Kitchen - Who doesn't want an amazing kitchen? Homebuyers are not just looking for an updated kitchen - they want a modern kitchen design with the latest trends. Quartz and granite continue to be popular, with patterns that are characterized by movement and flow, as opposed to a busy, speckled look. The trendiest kitchens have a large island that doubles as an eating space, combining cooking and eating/entertaining in one feature. Backsplash finishes are important, with the classic subway tile still a highly sought-after style choice. Pullout shelves and self-closing doors in the kitchen are also crowd-pleasers.

Plenty of Storage - Along with an open floor plan comes a need for plenty of storage to keep those open spaces clutter free. Today's homebuyers are looking for pantries, linen closets, and other storage/functional areas. These include a separate laundry room, mudroom, and cabinetry in the garage to help folks stay organized and to keep the clutter out of sight.

Outdoor Living Space - Especially in a place like Naples, where we are blessed with such beautiful weather, homebuyers are looking for ways to incorporate more outdoor time into their daily lives. Outdoor living space also increases the functional square footage of a home. Having an outdoor kitchen and/or entertaining space can be a very attractive home feature.

It's one thing to understand what others want for their home, but what really matters are the features that are most important to you and your lifestyle. There are lots of options available that can make your home everything you want. With the right realtor, architect, builder, designers, or other contractor, most anything is possible!

Let me know if I can help find the right home for you.

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