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From the International Builders’ Show: Room to Consider

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine

happyfamilyplayingvideogamesA quick takeaway from the Thursday morning International Builders’ Show session “Top 10 Technology Trends” – the average age of a gamer is 33 years old.

Why does this matter to a real estate practitioner?

Well, video games aren’t just for teenagers anymore. And this American pastime is impacting space needs in a home.

Gaming systems such as the Wii are incorporating interactive elements more and more. Homes will need open spaces for these activities.

Also consider Avatar. The movie has racked in $320 million at the box office, breaking records and resetting the bar for cutting-edge entertainment. The future is heading towards 3D everything, says Matt Carter of Encore Technology and Design in Columbia, S.C. This, too, will require more space for viewing and media interaction in the home.

The bottom line? Ask your clients what they want to use their spaces for.

Knowing whether your buyers are big movie buffs, or if are keen on the latest video games and gaming systems, will help you find them a home that best suites their space needs.

For more coverage from the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, also visit our Speaking of Real Estate blog.

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