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What Are Buyers Looking For?

Looking forward to the New Year, there are some trends that will appeal to homebuyers. Here are just a few things to look for as we move into 2014:

The Home Office. More and more people are working from home – a great relief for the nation's carbon footprint. With technological innovation on the rise, there is a decreased need to "go into the office." The practice of calling into meetings via phone and video is seeing a rapid increase. So today's home office must incorporate plenty of electrical power and wireless access.

The Casual Media Room. Gone is the era of the enormous home theater. These days, families like to hunker down in cozier conditions. Smaller rooms with large, pull-down screens are more flexible than a dedicated theater. And for families with teenagers? It may be time to create a teenage lounge with multimedia capabilities. Many parents like to have "teenage space" at home in order to keep an eye on their kids' activities.

Main Floor Master Suite. Yes, these have been popular for a while, but with a population that's growing older, a main floor master is more attractive than ever. Roomy, accessible shower stalls are a modern alternative to the traditional combination shower and bath.     
   
Energy Efficiency. This is a concept that has been around for decades, but is now, deservedly, gaining more and more attention. Remember those 1970's half-hearted solar roof panels? They were a great start, but they're now being replaced by energy-efficient appliances, sustainable materials, and cost-effective heating systems.

Technology. Music aficionados have never had it better. Long gone are the days of bulky sound systems. Connectivity is the name of the game, from surround sound to whole-house sound solutions with discreet speakers that blend into the decor.

Storage. From bathroom linen closets to walk-in kitchen pantries, the modern homeowner is looking for plenty of storage. And why not? With the preponderance of bulk stores, it's easier to then ever to get a good deal on large amounts of items at low cost – but there needs to be somewhere to store all those great deals.

The Great Outdoors. When it comes to "getting away from it all," families are increasingly turning to their own back yards. In today's busy workplace, not only do Americans take less time for genuine vacations, but they don't tend to go far away if there is comfortable nearby space for a "staycation." Outdoor living space – from patios to swimming pools to outdoor kitchens – has never been more popular.

Convenience. Homeowners have always looked for most sleek and convenient solutions, and today's homes incorporate easy-to-use appliances and systems that can be accessed remotely by smart phones and tablets. Forgot to turn down the heat before you left on vacation? No worries. Now you can do it on your way to the airport with just a touch of the button.

Although there are always new trends to consider in real estate, every house has its charm and there will never be a "one-size-fits-all" home. That's one of the most rewarding aspects of being a real estate agent – matching each homebuyer to a perfect home.

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