Home Buyers’ Top Ten Most Wanted and Unwanted Lists

According to a recently released study by the NAHB Economics Group, What Home Buyers Really Want, energy efficiency is at the top of home buyers’ most wanted list. In the study, 94% of home buyers want energy-star rated appliances, 91% want an energy-star rating for the whole home, 89% want energy-star rated windows, and 88% want ceiling fans. The What Home Builders Really Want research is based on a nationwide 2012 survey of new and potential home buyers. The report provides insight into buyers’ preferences for home type and size, room layout and design, kitchen and baths, windows and doors, accessibility and outdoor features, electronics and technology in the home, energy efficiency, choosing a community, and trade-offs buyers are willing to make.

Top 10 Most Wanted List

  1. Energy Star rated appliances
  2. Laundry room
  3. Energy Star rating for the whole home
  4. Exhaust fan in bathroom
  5. Exterior lighting
  6. Bathroom linen closet
  7. Energy Star rated windows
  8. Ceiling fans
  9. Garage storage
  10. Table space for eating in kitchen

Top 10 Most Unwanted List

  1. Elevator
  2. Golf course community
  3. High density community
  4. Only a shower stall in master bath
  5. Gated community
  6. Mixed use community
  7. Two story family room
  8. Wine cooler
  9. Wet bar
  10. Laminate countertop

Home Buyers' Top Ten Most Unwanted List