What homebuyers wantby Tim Manni
What do homebuyers want?
At the beginning of the year, HSH.com decided to explore what exactly first-time homebuyers were looking for when we wrote, “Size matters most to first-time buyers.”
“First-time homebuyers want energy efficiency and the ability to use technology with ease in their new homes,” wrote HSH.com contributing writer Michele Lerner. “But those factors are secondary to the bottom line: the size of their monthly mortgage payments.”
A few months later, we found the same was true when we reported on the growing small-home movement. “The McCottage is replacing the McMansion as a home status symbol as more homeowners look to save money and reduce their impact on the environment,” wrote HSH.com contributor Aaron Crowe.
Are we back to bigger is better?
However, some industry groups have recently reported that the desire for smaller homes might be starting to wane. Recently, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2012 found that: 8 percent of surveyed architects said they are building larger homes than they were last year. “This is significant because it represents a reversal of a trend that has been going on for six years,” says Kermit Baker, chief economist for AIA in Boston.
Given what we know, I wanted to share an infographic created by our friends over at ImprovementCenter.com. This infographic accurately and creatively captures the trends and characteristics most homebuyers are currently looking for. “What Homebuyers Want” shows that buyers are seeking the right amount of space, an inviting layout and a home complete with energy-efficient features and technologies.
ImprovementCenter.com is an informative website that offers home remodeling advice and home improvement ideas to homeowners nationwide.
Courtesy of: ImprovementCenter.com