The Ten Things Buyers Look For in a Home

The latest generation of homebuyers is young, and they have both similarities and differences to those who preceded them. Their needs, likes and dislikes, preferred lifestyles, and their aspirations are all quite unique, and so their demands from real estate and what they look for in a home is rather distinct too.

Home buyers of yesterday included a large majority of couples and families looking for peace and quiet in the suburbs. Today, people looking at homes for sale in Philadelphia and its suburbs consist of those married couples and families with children, but also of empowered single women and men, as well as a same sex partners. When the new generation of buyers looks for a home in or near Philadelphia, particularly in locations such as the Main Line or Wayne, PA, the following are some of the things they might consider when making the big purchase.

1. A Question of Quality

The neighborhood today is just as important as the home itself. The modern home buyers do not simply consider the homes for sale in Philadelphia, but they assess the surrounding area with an increasingly critical eye too. Street crime statistics, landscaping, proximity to good schools, and the type of families already living in the area are just some of the factors taken into consideration.

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2. The Affordability Agenda

Following the recession of the not too distant past, buyers are increasingly aware of financial risks and concerns. They are also constrained by an increasingly competitive job market. Therefore, the affordability of the homes they are looking at is a major factor to consider.

3. The Maintenance Mantra

When the modern home buyer looks at a house in the suburbs, they automatically think maintenance. So, they turn their attention towards well built homes in areas such as the Main Line or Wayne, PA. They want homes that do not drain their incomes through maintenance costs, but are more affordable in relation to their upkeep.

4. The Social Situation

The majority of today’s home buyers grew up in a world rapidly on its way to globalization, so they like to socialize. They want homes in growing, progressive areas where they can spend an active lifestyle and have plenty of opportunities to socialize with a large variety of people, from a diverse range of backgrounds.

5. A Longing for Longevity

When people bought homes as recently as five years ago, they expected to live in them for an average of ten years, or even less, and then move on. Today, buyers look for a home that will last them longer – fifteen years or more – a home that can adapt to their dynamic lifestyle and evolve with them along the way.

6. The Demand for Design

The modern home is not composed of rooms, or at least it should not be, if buyer preferences are taken into account. The younger generation looks for spaces in a home, for open floor designs that allow them to throw parties and arrange get-togethers without too much hassle. They also desire spaces that can be converted into home offices, man caves, home theatres, or large, walk-in closets.

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7. All the Amenities

As home buyers increasingly opt for the big city life, in places such as New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, they seek to live in communities equipped with all the modern amenities available. So, when they look for a home in the Main Line or in Wayne, PA, they require a gym close by, a business center, a spa, and maybe even a full time concierge.

8. The Energy Efficiency

In a recent survey by the National Association of Homebuilders, energy efficiency was top of the list for things considered highly important in new home construction by modern home buyers. The younger generation is increasingly aware of the planet’s dilemma, and living green is in vogue today. So, they look for energy efficient appliances in homes in addition to homes constructed in an environmentally friendly way.

9. The Workplace Proximity

Sprawl continues to be an issue and so does the traffic on the roads, making it difficult and tiresome to commute over long distances. Increasing gas prices is also a constant concern. Modern home buyers therefore look for, and highly appreciate, a home that makes it convenient for them to travel to and from work on a daily basis and provides them with a better work-life balance.

10. The Technology Tantrum

People who seek to buy homes today are used to a life with gadgets, smart phones, and technology. They have always had access to it and they seek it everywhere, even when they look for a home to buy. So, if all the lights and appliances in the home can be switched on and off at the click of a cell phone button, the internet is fast, fast, fast, and there is room for a large monitor, they are probably already sold on the house.

For more information about buying homes in the Philadelphia area and its suburbs call Sage Realty, LLC at 610-687-4000 or visit their website at https://www.findahomeinpa.com/.

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  • "We were so pleased that a co-worker recommended someone in the area that she trusted. Boy, did we strike gold on all counts. You are amazing!"
  • "Instead of trying to take advantage of conflicts of interest, she puts the client's interests first."
  • "Linda is a hardworking, proactive and knowledgeable realtor. Throughout the process of finding and buying our new home, she was always responsive and kept us up to date on every detail."
  • "Linda and the group at Sage are the right fit. You won’t find more knowledgeable, prepared and professional agents."
  • "Linda and Tracey really know the Main Line area."
  • "Throughout the entire process we never doubted that she always had our best interests in mind. We wouldn’t consider anyone else when buying a home on the Main Line."
  • "From start to finish, Linda brought to bear a most helpful combination of experience, knowledge, attention and integrity on a somewhat complicated transaction. There was never any doubt that she represented our interests."
  • "Her knowledge of the area helped us quickly narrow our search and ultimately scored us an amazing home in an incredible neighborhood."
  • "It is hard to trust when you are not sure of the rules of the game. Working with Linda made us feel like we were family. Linda took her time to relay and explain everything in detail."
  • "Linda’s honesty and real estate savviness made for a wonderful home buying experience!"

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