Homebuyers are prioritizing home offices and big kitchens…

Homebuyers are willing to trade yesterday’s once-popular home theatres or media rooms for a more practical space to accommodate a home office or study.

That’s just one of the findings of a recent annual consumer survey of North American homebuyer preferences.

The survey, conducted by AVID Ratings Company, identifies “must have” and “really want” features in new homes across a number of buyer groups, such as first-time buyers, move-up buyers who are seeking larger and/or better homes, and empty nesters — those semi-retirees or retirees seeking age-restricted housing developments.

The survey was conducted in the fall of 2009 and involved over 22,000 homeowners who had previously bought or built a home within the last nine years in U.S. and Canada.

Read the full article, “Study, home office growing in popularity, survey discovers” in the Vancouver Sun (April 17, 2010).

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