What Athens, GA Homebuyers Want in 2010...

According to a recent survey by Paul Cardis, CEO of Avid Ratings, which conducts an annual survey of buyer preferences, homebuyers most frequently noted these must-haves in new homes:

  • Large kitchens with islands
  • Energy efficiency, including energy-efficient appliances, super insulation, and high-efficiency windows.
  • Home offices
  • Main-floor master suite
  • Outdoor living space
  • Ceiling fans
  • Soaking tub in the master suite and/or an oversize shower with a seating area
  • Stone and brick exteriors rather than stucco or vinyl
  • Community walking paths and playgrounds
  • Two-car garages, but three-car garages are even more desirable

While this is a national survey, I've seen much of the same in Athens, GA real estate searches. A few other attributes that I've seen locally that were not mentioned in the above survey are: 1) location in proximity to UGA 2) quality public school systems … Oconee County and Jefferson City schools are requested most often 3) fireplaces 4) open floorplans and 5) GOOD DEALS!

What other home attributes would you define as must-haves if you were considering a purchase in 2010?

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February 02 2010 - Athens
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