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Ever wonder what the new home trends are going to be?  Well, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) surveyed builders earlier this year and learned that 9-foot ceilings on the first floor were one of builders’ top ten priorities.  The research conducted found that whole-house efficiency is important to consumers and that has meant the death of the two-story family room atrium.  Open floorplans are still desirable and builders are adding larger laundry rooms and additional mud rooms which are helping to bring much-desired order to life at home.  For energy efficiency, consumers want low-e windows, programmable thermostats, and energy-efficient appliances.  Walk in closets are still in demand as well as seperate tub and showers in the master suite.  However, you won’t be seeing many outdoor kitchens or fireplaces, sunrooms, butler’s pantry, or media rooms. 

This information was extracted and paraphrased from the Buyer’s Rep – A publication of the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, Inc. which is part of the National Association of Realtors. 

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