8 Interior Home Features That Buyers Most Crave

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Home buyers are sizing up homes with a long list of preferences.

The typical home shopper buys a home with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, according to the National Association of REALTORS(R) 2013 Home Features Survey.

What feature did home shoppers report they most desire in a home?

Central air conditioning, according to the survey of 2,000 buyers on 33 home features. Central air conditioning was overwhelmingly the top home feature desired by home shoppers. A home that is cable/satellite TV-ready/Internet was also ranked highly.

What else should you be spotlighting on your listing ads for homes that you’re selling?

The NAR survey revealed the following eight interior design features that buyers ranked as “very important” in their home search:

1. Walk-in closet in the master bedroom

2. Ensuite master bath

3. New kitchen appliances

4. Eat-in kitchen area

5. Hardwood floors

6. Granite countertops

7. Kitchen island

8. Stainless steel appliances

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Great article! As Barrie Home Stager I find staging homes before selling has a huge return on investment!

  2. I would have to add crown molding! They. Love that!!

  3. These 8 Interior Home Features are really what most buyers crave. Great article and when I decide to buy a Home, I’ll keep these points in my mind

  4. Let’s not forget terrific outside space! It doesn’t have to be huge parcel, but yard for swingsets and patio or deck for eating greatly figures into the quality of life almost anywhere. Here in Northern NJ, in suburbs to NYC, it’s a significant plus!

  5. Interesting to see “ensuite master bath” as I have always considered the inclusion of a bath as one of the things that makes it a “master”.

    Interesting how things vary in different parts of the country.

  6. I’m surprised that “open kitchen” (over-looking living room) wasn’t on the list. This seems to be the primary desire with home buyers, next to “her” space, which is all things Master Bed/Bath/Closet/CLOSET/closet.

    The history behind the kitchen transition in relation to the history of women/men/family engagement and socializing – is very interesting.

  7. Have you ever thought about creating an e-book or guest authoring on other
    blogs? I have a blog centered on the same topics you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would appreciate your work.

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  8. A short, clear, and accurate summary of what sellers should focus on when selling their homes.