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Five Things Home Buyers Want That Might Not Be Obvious

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It goes without saying that purchasing a home is one of –if not the– biggest purchase a person will ever make. As a result, many people spend endless amounts of time thinking about what they’re looking for in a home, and most people are meticulous when it comes to getting what they want. After all, if you’re planning on spending years in one house, you want to make sure that it has all of the features and amenities that you truly want and need. However, as with anything else, sometimes the things people want aren’t as clear as they may think, but across the board it seems like most people are interested in many of the same things. Here are five things home buyers want that might not be obvious.

Top of the line high-speed Internet access

Technology is now a part of our lives like never before. In fact, most people are connected to the Internet almost 24/7. However, anyone who spends a lot of time on the web knows that just any connection won’t do. In one household, numerous devices and people can be connected at once, and nobody wants to experience a lag or have to wait for their favorite video to finish buffering. It’s no secret that speed is king, and with that being said, many housing communities are working with local Internet service providers to bring new high speeds to residents. In some areas, companies are even offering speeds of 1 gig.

Home office space

These days, the working world is undergoing a shift that is making flexible schedules that telecommuting an easier and much more desirable option for a lot of people. However, many people are finding that the ability to work from home can be distracting if there is not a designated work space. In turn, many people are realizing that having some home office space is essential. According to one Texas realtor, this feature is especially attractive to young buyers, stating,  “As technology continues to make us more mobile, young buyers have more options than ever to work from home, depending on their job. Having a dedicated space is important because it will help keep them focused and concentrated on work while they are at home on a Skype call, planning a presentation, setting up their workday or simply paying bills.”

Nearby amenities 

Location is key when purchasing a home. There’s nothing better than being close to all of the things you need, and having access to stores, parks, and other fun and entertaining outlets is essential. Also, many people are interested in recreational amenities like hiking and walking trails as a convenient way to exercise. Location is so important that it can sway a person’s decision in whether or not to buy a home, even if the property itself has many of the things that they’re looking for.

Energy efficiency 

No matter what size how you plan on purchasing, energy efficiency is extremely important. One of the downsides to technology becoming more and more popular is that  people are using much more electricity. For most people, saving money in every possible area is a key interest, and making sure your home is as energy-efficient as possible is a great way to cut down on costs. According to Jeff Hyland, a real estate agent in Beverly Hills, “Today, not only younger buyers, but buyers in general, are looking for energy-efficient homes. And if they are not already set up (for energy efficiency), then the buyers will often factor those costs into their budgets so they can do it after the close of escrow.” But while many current buyers are okay with buying homes that aren’t energy-efficient and factoring in the costs later, as time goes on this is a reality that will probably change.

A separate in-law suite

Recently, there has been an increasing demand for homes that can house multiple generations. Reports say that many potential home buyers are looking for the extra space of an in-law suite as a way to house not only in-laws, but adult children who are moving back home. These suites are also perfect for long or short-term guests. However, regardless of the intended usage, two of the most important things that people are looking for in an in-law suite is privacy and a structure that is seperate from the main house.
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Written by Camille Moore

Camille has a master's degree from Saint Joseph University's Writing Studies program. Her writing has been published on several websites, and she enjoys writing articles and short stories in her spare time. You can follow Camille on Twitter @CamealAshley.