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Homes.com uncovers homebuyers’ must-have features

Tuesday, July 17, 2012  
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America’s dream home is a plush four-bedroom, three-bath family oasis according to Homes.com, an online real estate destination and lifestyle resource.

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With Americans today opting for bigger and better, many buyers are choosing in-home amenities that provide convenience and comfort for the haste of today’s lifestyle.

More than 70 percent of respondents opted for a single-family detached home in a country setting that has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with about 40 percent looking for a home with more than 2,000 square feet. Top amenities include a walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom, and fireplace, reinforcing the trend that for today’s homebuyer, it’s all about comfort and accessibility.

Compared to desired in-home amenities from a decade ago, the amenities chosen in the ”American Dream Home” survey prove that Americans today cherish flexible spaces with choices like sun rooms, basements, and screened-in porches topping the list of specialty rooms buyers would like to see in their homes.

The trend of outdoor living also has a growing appeal, with more and more people opting for homes that make it convenient to enjoy outdoor space and outdoor amenities. More than 30 percent of those surveyed chose a deck as an outdoor "Must Have,” with swimming pools and patios following closely behind with 28 percent and 21.5 percent, respectively.

Along with the ideal dream home, Homes.com also wanted to know more about America’s vacation home desires. A "Peaceful Lake-Front Cabin” led the way with more than 35 percent of votes, as the most sought after second home with the "Caribbean Villa” coming in a close second with 34.3 percent. Rounding out the top three vacation home destinations, the "Swanky South Beach Condo” was chosen with 10.4 percent of the votes.


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