Quality construction, neighborhood safety and floor plans they can live with are the three most important features buyers want in a newly built home, according to Builder Homesite’s National Home Shopper Survey.
(Also see: “What do homebuyers want?”)
Builder Homesite says existing homes are often outdated and unpredictable and that can lead to costly repairs and maintenance.
New construction, on the other hand, is move-in ready, warranty-backed, laden with the latest energy efficient materials and systems and allow home owners to focus on their gotta-have list, rather than their “must-do” list.
New home sales rose in September to the highest level in more than two years, according to the Commerce Department
Sales sold at an annual rate of 389,000 homes in the month, according to the Census Bureau report, up more than 27 percent from a year ago – without the assistance of a tax credit.
The last time the new home sales pace was this brisk, in April 2010, sales were boosted by the now expired home buyer’s tax credit.
Hover your mouse over the infographic below and click to expand to see what homeowners want in regions throughout the nation.