Much like the average home buyer, buyers in the baby boomer generation like laundry rooms and energy efficiency, and dislike elevators and wine cellars. Baby boomers, however, tend to have stronger opinions about what they do and do not want in their homes, as indicated in NAHB’s recent update on What Home Buyers Really Want.
The 2019 edition is based on a survey of 3,996 home buyers, both recent (purchased a home in the last three years) and prospective (expecting to buy a home in the next three years). Respondents rated 175 features on the following four-tier scale:
Essential: Unlikely to buy a home without feature
Desirable: Seriously influenced to buy home if included
Indifferent: Would not influence purchase decision
Do Not Want: Not likely to buy a home with feature
No. 1 is a laundry room, which 94% of baby boomers want. All three ENERGY STAR categories also made the list — topped by ENERGY STAR windows at 91%.
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