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What's Hot and What's Not in New Homes


According to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and as reported on by Realtor Mag, energy efficiency and bigger closets are gaining in popularity when it comes to desired features within new homes. The outdoor kitchen and two-story foyers are less of a selling point.

Although fewer prospective buyers are looking for a luxurious bathtub experience, they are honing in on exceptional showers, reports MarketWatch. Multiple shower-heads in the master bedroom, an amenity that had completely fallen off list of 10 least likely features in 2012, have shown a distinct increase in popularity.

In terms of energy efficiency, there has been a heightened focus on windows that help keep heat inside during the winter and outside during the summer, states MarketWatch. Those looking to replace windows can reference their energy efficiency ratings from the NRFC. Solar heat gain numbers are more important in warmer climates, while U-factor grabs attention in colder climates.

Features least likely to be included in a house built this year, according to the NAHB:

  1. Outdoor kitchen (cooking, refrigeration, and sink)
  2. Laminate countertops in kitchen
  3. Outdoor fireplace
  4. Sunroom
  5. Two-story family room
  6. Media room
  7. Two-story foyer
  8. Walking/jogging trails in community
  9. Whirlpool in master bathroom
  10. Carpeting as flooring on main level

Features most likely to be included in a house built this year, according to the NAHB:

  1. Walk-in closet in master bedroom
  2. Laundry room
  3. Low-e windows
  4. Guest room (kitchen-family-room-living room)
  5. Energy-star rated appliances
  6. 9-foot ceiling or more on first floor
  7. Energy-star rated windows
  8. Programmable thermostat
  9. Two-car garage
  10. Granite countertop in kitchen