The 2 Home Features That Buyers Really Want

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When the real estate market is moving as quickly as ours has for the past couple years, and when inventory is as tight as it’s been (across the country, not just here), you might think homebuyers would have to sacrifice some of their wish-list items in order to get in a home that works for them — even if it’s not perfect.

That may be happening in some situations, but there are two home features that many home buyers don’t seem willing to give up on.

Homebuyers Are Not Giving Up Their Patios

Patios are very high on the radar for buyers. While new neighborhoods often feature community areas with common amenities, private outdoor spaces are quite desirable, too. According to The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), patios are more popular than ever on newly-built homes.

“Of the roughly 876,000 single-family homes started in 2018, 59.4% came with patios…. This is the highest the number has been since NAHB began tracking the series in 2005.”

As you can see below, the number of new homes built with patios has been increasing for the past 9 years.

It’s not just a patio that home buyers and owners are looking for.

Homebuyers Are Not Giving Up Their Garages

This is also according to the NAHB, which recently published data showing the percentage of new single-family homes completed in 2018 with garages:

  • 64% of new homes offer a 2-car garage
  • 21% have a garage large enough to hold 3 or more cars
  • 7% have a 1-car garage
  • 7% do not include a garage or carport
  • 1% have a carport

Interestingly, garage size is somewhat dependent on geography. Two-car garages are more popular out west (Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska and Hawaii) than anywhere else. In the midwest — “West North Central” on the map below — almost half of garages have space for three cars. The following map represents this breakdown by region:

What It Means To You

No matter the condition of the real estate market, homebuyers are looking for garage space and outdoor patio living. If you’re a homeowner thinking of selling a house with these amenities, it appears buyers are willing to spring for those key features. If you have questions about the current value and demand for your home, get in touch with us below.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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