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Families of all kinds discovered some growing pains this past year. Suddenly, the home was too loud, too small, or had too little space to enjoy the outdoors. As the housing market has heated up, both people selling and buying homes are wondering what the next big housing trends will be. Luckily, Homelight has gathered the details from their top real estate agent insights, and the trends seem to be a mix of pre-COVID standard desires and new interests among buyers.When buying a house, everyone has priorities. Here are some of the key features to look for if you have a family!Click To Tweet
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A HOUSE
Schools Top the List
For the Millennial generation, finding a home with a great school district is still the biggest goal. Most families aren’t interested in choosing a virtual school or homeschool as a long-term solution to the challenges of COVID-19, it turns out.
Instead, they want to move to places where, whenever schools are consistently open, the district’s quality is excellent.
Top House Features Include Excellent Backyards
While homes have always sold for more when they have luxury features like pools, COVID ramped it up. It’s like families who have spent more time at home realize how valuable it is to enjoy the outdoors on your own property.
If you’re looking for a home with plenty of outdoor space, be prepared for more competition this year.
If you’re selling a house with luxury outdoor features, you may get higher offers than in other years.
How Much Walking Can We Do Here?
Buyers of all types are noticing walkability through online programs like WalkScore these days. Young folks want to be walkable to amenities, giving them a feel of the urban life without the high price.
Families enjoy walking around their neighborhoods safely, so local parks and well-maintained sidewalks are also a draw. If you have easy access to a hiking trail or greenway, feature it prominently in your marketing materials for your home when you go to sell and buy another home.
While this has always been true to an extent, the past year has increased the emphasis on this desire.
Home Buyers Want Spaces for Gyms and Home Offices
Spacious houses are having a heyday. If you have a lot of bedrooms, you can market to a broader range of buyers right now. With more people working at home, you can suggest bedrooms can be used as home offices as well.
By creating a home office nook or space using a built-in desk, you can showcase your home’s versatility.
Similarly, semi-finished or unfinished areas, like garages and basements, can be billed as an excellent place for home gym equipment, which many people invested in during the height of COVID-19 lockdowns.
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.