Tue, 31 Aug 2010 by Grayhawk Homes
When searching for a new home, most home buyers have their priority list of features they “need”, as well as, their wish list of features they “want” in their new home. If you are searching for a new home it is highly likely you can relate to the importance of these lists in your decision making process.
Over the years some desired features come and go, while others remain constant. Home builders and sellers try to meet these needs and desires of their home buyers by staying aware of the newest trends each year.
If you are curious of the most desired features in 2010, here are some of the top features requested by home buyers:
Energy Efficiency and ENERGY STAR Ratings
This top feature revolves around energy efficiency and eco friendly products and designs, including everything from appliances, insulation, windows, lighting fixtures and water saving plumbing options. Energy efficiency is extremely desirable because it not only helps reduce energy use and protect the environment; it also saves homeowners significantly in terms of utility bills each year. The desire of homeowners to live green and save money has increased the awareness of ENERGY STAR products, builders and certifications. ENERGY STAR has become the brand standard for energy efficiency.
The economy has changed the way Americans work which has created an increase in the number of employees or business owners who work at home. A home office space is now a must have for many homeowners. And with more families relying on dual incomes, more than one office space maybe in order.
It is no longer desired to try to buy the biggest house to impress your friends and family. Quality and value has become more important plus a smaller home includes less maintenance and less energy costs. Home buyers are more interested in nice features within a smaller home rather than seeking the most square footage they can afford.
It is no secret that everyone is trying to spend less and save more. One trend is the enhancement of backyards to create outdoor living and entertainment spacing. These trends go from simple to elaborate depending on budgets. But don’t forget the neighborhood amenities! Walking trails and paths have become one of the most desirable amenities with its emphasis on outdoor and healthy lifestyles.
Low Maintenance and Durable Products
Low maintenance exteriors have become more popular including brick and stone. These products not only require less long-term maintenance but they provide increased insulation for your home which decreases energy costs.
Some of the key themes of these desired features include saving homeowners money, durable and long-lasting products, and eco-friendly products and designs. Today’s buyer seeks homes and products that will stand the test of time and ultimately save them money.
If you are seeking an energy efficient and eco-friendly home, Grayhawk Homes is the area’s leading ENERGY STAR certified homebuilder. To learn more, please visit the Grayhawk Homes website which provides additional details on ENERGY STAR including commonly asked questions and answers regarding the benefits of an ENERGY STAR home.