The Top Three Most Important Home Characteristics For Buyers

What home buyers are looking for

The coronavirus without a doubt led home buyers to reassess their housing situations and even reconsider home sizes and destinations,says Jessica Lautz, Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral Insights, National Association of Realtors® 

Buyers sought housing with more rooms, more square footage and more yard space, as they may have desired a home office or home gym,” she adds. “They also shopped for larger homes because extra space would allow households to better accommodate older adult relatives or young adults that are now living within the residence.


The top three most important home characteristics for home buyers are:

  • Outdoor space – A large backyard, patio, and front porch 
  • Kitchen features – A renovated kitchen, walk-in pantry, and double kitchen sink
  • A garage – Preferably two-car


Additional hot ‘must haves’ for buyers include a laundry room and exterior lighting, according to NAHB’s latest study on consumer preferences – What Home Buyers Really Want (2021 Edition) – a focus on energy efficiency: ENERGY STAR windows, ENERGY STAR appliances, and energy efficient lighting, ceiling fans, hardwood floors for the main level, and a full bath on that main level.

So much has changed over the past year, including what many of us need in a home. Spending extra time where we currently live is enabling many of us to re-evaluate homeownership and what we find most important in a home. And, while COVID-19 has clearly left an impact on some consumer preferences, the top home characteristics remain constant for home buyers and have not changed during the pandemic. (source:

Whether it’s a house that has the features suited to working remotely, space for virtual or hybrid schooling, a home gym or theater, or something else, selling this spring gives you a chance to make a move and find a home that better meets your needs.



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