Must Have Features

As recently reported in Yahoo! Finance, here are the ten most desired features homeowners are looking for: 

A large kitchen with an island is an important feature and granite counter tops rank high when it comes to kitchens.  If you are considering selling a home, or investing in home improvements that add the most value, the kitchen is still #1. 

Energy efficient appliances, insulation and energy efficient windows are also something that are important to home buyers. 

 A home office or study ranks high today.  Home buyers today would prefer the home office or study to a formal dining room. 

Having a master suite or master bedroom on the main floor is a must feature for most empty nesters and is getting more popular with buyers in general.

Outdoor living areas are increasingly popular, especially in California, but also in colder climates as well.

Ceiling fans are a popular feature for both winter and summer use.

Soaking tubs and whirlpool baths are still popular in master suites, but the rising star in this area is oversize showers with seating areas.

Stone and brick exteriors are becoming popular and seem to be favored above stucco.

Subdivisions or developments with community landscaping and walking paths are becoming sought after. 

And finally, in the move up and custom home arena, a 3 car garage has become an important feature.