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Design, Quality and Space are Key Issues for New Home Buyers

Last week “Characteristics of Home Buyers,” an analysis of the latest American Housing Survey, was released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

While price and proximity to work were key concerns for first-time home buyers, second home and trade-up buyers tended to be most focused on the design of the home and the neighborhood, according to the survey.

“We pride ourselves in working closely with our customers to help them realize their vision for a new home. This can be through design and product options while always working in partnership to explore available features that meet their ideas and budget,” said Cora Johnston, president of Generation Homes.

New homes provide buyers the opportunity to choose finishes, fixtures, flooring and more. And builders are apt to have the other elements that new home buyers wanted including open design, up-to-the-minute kitchens and baths, and features such as a laundry room and help with organization and storage.

Organization is big for home buyers, ranking high on their wish-lists: A linen closet in the bathroom, space in the garage to put sports equipment and gardening tools, and a walk-in pantry in the kitchen.

Of those polled, 62 percent favored high-quality products over space. They wanted a double sink in the kitchen and both a tub and stall shower in the bath. They preferred French doors to standard. They also want technology, from wireless home security systems to whole-house electronic features that control entertainment and utilities