by Ben Nicolas
on Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 5:20pm.
Inman News posted an article (see link below) with some interesting statistics compiled by Zip Realty about what homebuyers want and equally as important, what they don't want.
Top 10 most desired home features and the percentage of respondents who ranked the feature as high priority:
1. Garage or parking space: 86.8 percent.
2. Master suite: 78.9 percent.
3. Ample storage space: 72 percent.
4. Large or walk-in closets: 66.5 percent.
5. Guest bedroom: 66.4 percent.
6. Outdoor entertainment area: 64.3 percent.
7. Gourmet or updated kitchen: 60.6 percent.
8. Breakfast room or eat-in kitchen: 55.8 percent.
9. Large yard: 43.2 percent.
10. Wood floors: 40.8 percent.
And sellers should keep in mind not only what homebuyers want, but also what they don't want.
"The three biggest turnoffs when viewing a home in person are structural damage, bad odors, a busy street and an awkward floor plan. While searching online, lack of parking and few or no photos and low square footage are the biggest deal-breakers," the brokerage said.
The article also states that men and womens views are for the most part the same but men value having a nice view heavily and women value hardwood floors.
And for both sexes, good location, location, location is still of paramount importance.