What Home Buyers Are Looking For Today

Homes that can grow with them

A home is a costly investment and home buyers want to ensure that they can stay in their homes long enough to make their investment worthwhile. Young buyers are looking for space for children, buyers with young children are looking for spaces where teenagers can have privacy as well as gatherings, and middle aged buyers are focusing on homes that will offer them mobility and accessibility in their later years.

Three or more bedrooms

Having at least one bedroom for every person (or couple) in the household plus a guest bedroom seems to be the norm, and anything less may seem claustrophobic. Home buyers would rather have too many rather than too few, since bedrooms are versatile spaces that can double as exercise rooms, studies and playrooms.

Large master suites

Master suites with bathrooms and closets and even sitting areas are gaining in popularity among buyers. These suites offer a haven in a busy home, and privacy. Having the master suite on the main floor is a bonus as the buyer can avoid stairs as they enter their later years.

Large kitchens

Large kitchens that include enough space for several cooks, as well as space to socialize, are becoming more popular. The kitchen can truly be the hearth of the house in this type of design, and can even include an informal eating area.

Large closets

The typical rod and shelf closet doesn’t allow much room for clothes, much less accessories or shoes. Larger closets offer not only more space for a larger wardrobe, but also for organizing systems to make getting dressed easy, and even a bit elegant.

Media rooms

Large screen televisions and home theater systems in comfortable rooms with limited traffic allow for the “movie night” experience at home, allowing families more time together. While this room is completely a luxury, it gives kids and teens a place to entertain and “chill” while safe at home.

Home office space

With the increase in work at home, or telecommuting jobs, a dedicated home office space makes a home more attractive to buyers.

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About christinahammondhomes

Christina Hammond is currently a real estate agent for Keller Williams Greater Athens in Athens, Georgia. Her interests in real estate began when she was an undergraduate at Arizona State University, where she studied business and psychology. During her years at ASU, she apprenticed with one of the top producing real estate brokers in the area, learning the details of real estate sales in a large metropolitan area. This practical experience, combined with her university studies, further increased her interest in real estate as a career. Christina excels in developing close working relationships with clients that often grow into long term friendships. She has 15 years of real estate experience, the last 8 in the Athens area. As in Phoenix, she has fostered many connections with her clients and finds this part of her work more satisfying in this smaller venue. As Christina says, “It is enormously rewarding to help a client find a home that is right for them. Homes are the physical manifestation of many people’s dreams, and it is hard to express the satisfaction of helping someone find a home that they love.” Of course, selling real estate requires shrewd understanding of the market and competing forces. Such skills were honed through her academic experience, understanding legal contracts, business negotiations, market competition, etcetera. But from Christina’s perspective, real estate is fundamentally about the people, rather than just buying and selling. When she is contracted, her obligation to her client is paramount, and she will represent them as assertively as is necessary. Christina states, “You learn quickly that in a big city, as well as a smaller community, a great agent must be thorough and aggressive, so that the client can know that their interests are being managed effectively, and it allows them to relax and focus on the big picture.”
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