Homebuyers today are looking for homes that are environmentally friendly and technologically savvy. Many are also looking to minimize their commute time, so they can spend more hours with their family as well as to be environmentally conscious.  Open floor plans are still desired, along with some small rooms to give an intimate cozy feel and provide privacy. 

Buyers are looking for features they can enjoy right away and also ones that will benefit them in the future. Below is a list of features buyers are seeking, complied by the 2014 National Association of REALTORS® & CRS REALTORS®.

Energy Efficient 
•    heating & cooling systems
•    appliances & lighting
•    dual-paned windows

Tech Savvy
•    dedicated home office space with Wi-Fi & Internet already hooked up
•    smart thermostats
•    security cameras (typically at entry points & the garage that can be viewed remotely from a computer or mobile device)

Location 
•    convenient to job & friends/family
•    quality of neighborhood & school district
•    short drive to stores, healthcare & restaurants 

Interior Features
•    dedicated home office space
•    two bedrooms on the main floor for empty nesters
•    master bath featuring spa-type showers, even if it means foregoing the jet tub

Connecting to Nature 
•    three- and four-season rooms
•    screened-in porches
•    outdoor spaces with kitchen or fireplaces

There’s a lot more to consider when buying a home than just looking at the floorplan. Call me at 913-226-9393 so I can help to point out the best home features in a home you’re considering that will heighten your experience of living there. You can also call me to schedule a complimentary 1-hour consultation in your home on the best improvements you can make before putting it on the market. Whether you’re planning to sell soon or sometime down the road, I’ll suggest projects that will offer the best return on your investment. 

P.S. Screen porches are hot on buyers list. The porch shown is located at 11015 W 145th Place, Overland Park, KS 66221. I listed and sold the home within 7 days last spring.