What Home Buyers Are Looking for Now in Fall 2020

Home Buyer trends are changing! As many professionals are working from home for the foreseeable future, many home buyers have adjusted their list of priorities in their next home. Wanting to have space to entertain has given way to the need to plan for a home office. Many parents also need to accommodate the homeschooling or distance learning needs of their children now as well.

The pandemic is impacting the way homes are being marketed and the type of features that have become important to buyers at all price points. Virtual showings via Facetime and video tours have become normal. Of course, home buyers with larger budgets have the luxury of seeking homes with extra bedrooms or offices and dens already included in the floor plan. However, many buyers are not as fortunate and need to find the needed space in more creative ways.

Creating Workspace in Your Home

Home school room

The easiest way to add working space is within the bedrooms. This offers the ability to close a door for privacy. Larger bedrooms (both in master and secondary bedrooms) have been a top priority for homebuyers. Another important home buyer trend is an open floorplan which features a Great Room design where a mini-office nook could be created in a corner.

For generations, kids have done their homework at the kitchen table, and a spacious kitchen/family room
combo makes it easier for home learning without becoming too cluttered. Another
option for home buyers is a separate formal dining room which could be
converted to a workspace area as they are less commonly used.

Home Schooling

With all the changes in working and learning environments for both adults and kids, the features within a home are even more important than ever. According to Bright MLS, a real estate service area spanning 40,000 square miles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the top three most-important amenities home buyers are seeking this fall are:

  1. Space for multiple home offices (35 percent)
  2. An area within a home that can be used for child homeschooling (31 percent)
  3. Homes that allow for faster Internet speed (18 percent – up from 11 percent compared to May 2020)


Seeking some home workspace design inspo? Check out Pinterest or this site to get you started:  https://house-interior.net/office-design/home-office-decor/.

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