Thursday, December 04, 2008
Top 10 Priorities for That Dream House
So what's lasting value? Here's a list of homebuyers' most sought-after features, according to the National Association of Realtors.
1. Central Air Conditioning
2. Garage with two or more spaces
3. Walk-in closet in master bedroom
4. Backyard/play area
5. Cable/Satellite TV-ready
6. High-speed Internet Access
7. Separate shower in master bath
10. Home newer than 10 years old
If you have looked in the past and not found these features in your price range, it may be time to check again, while properties are "on sale." Be sure to consider features that will make homes more valuable in the future, such as energy-efficient construction and appliances and shorter commuting times. Features like water or mountain views, good schools, recreation opportunities and unique architecture never go out of style.