Make-or-Break Amenities

The National Association of Home Builders reported the top 5 amenities that are not make-or-break features for the 2014 housing market.  These amenities are nice to have, but homebuyers are not willing to pay extra for the following features.

  • Two Story Family Rooms – Expensive to heat and cool
  • Sunrooms – Not needed for cooler climate locations
  • Outdoor Fireplaces – Not needed for warmer climate locations
  • Outdoor Kitchens – Expensive duplication
  • Laminate Kitchen Countertops – Granite is more popular

The National Association of Home Builders also released the top 3 amenities every contractor and rehabber should put into a home.  These amenities are popular as they will make the house feel more inviting and make living easier for homeowners.

  • Laundry Rooms & Walk-in Closets – Save time and make living easier
  • Energy Efficient Windows, Appliances and Thermostats – Save money on utilities
  • High Ceilings on the First Floor – Make room feel more inviting

As real estate investors, which amenities do you think homebuyers are looking for?