Zillow Consumer Housing Trends Report 2020 data shows some changes from what buyers want in a new construction home. More buyers are purchasing new construction homes now more than last year. The survey revealed that 40% of new construction buyers that were surveyed only were interested in new construction homes. Here is what has changed in a new construction buyer’s mindset in 2020.
Smaller, less expensive options gaining appeal
Those new construction buyers surveyed showed that they are choosing smaller homes. A small home is considered a home with less than 1,000 square feet. In 2020, 9% of new construction buyers purchased a small home which is 6 percentage points higher than in 2019.
This change might have stemmed from more houses being built in urban areas or home builders swapping size for more upgraded options. One definite catalyst is the price buyers want to pay for a home. In 2019 9% of new construction buyers paid less than $100,000 for a new construction home and in 2020 this jumped to 19%. The growth in households buying less expensive new construction homes coincides with a 10-point drop in the share of buyers who pay between $200,000 and $299,000 — 21% of NC home purchases fell in that range in the 2020 survey, compared to 31% in 2019.
A shift in home feature preferences
In 2020 many homebuyers are still looking for many of the same top features as in 2019 such as air conditioning, the preferred number of bedrooms and bathrooms and preferred floor plans. There were some changes to new construction buyers’ preferences in 2020. Buyers were looking for rental income, smart technology and space for cars.
Close to 32% of new construction buyers are looking for a home that will generate rental income. Those that only wanted to rent a portion of their home (home-sharing) grew to 27% in 2020.
Nowadays smart technology is a big part of society in many aspects. New construction home buyers have placed importance on smart technology in their homes. In fact, 45% of new construction home buyers felt that having smart home capabilities was extremely important. Homebuyers want devices that provide everything from security to temperature control.
Having a place for a car has become a must in 2020. Seventy-four percent of new construction buyers say that off-street parking or a garage is one of the top must-haves and 67% said a parking space is also on the list. These items came in 6 points higher in 2020 than reflected in 2019’s data. As mentioned before, urban new construction is on the rise and there is always a scarcity of parking in the city.
Top reason for buying new construction
In 2020 new construction home buyers place the top reason for purchasing a new construction home is for the free builder upgrades. In the survey, 14% of new construction buyers said free builder upgrades swayed their decision to purchase new construction. Still in the top reasons were desirable location at 39%, appealing home features at 38% and everything new and never used at 37%. Buyers want to have the ability to customize features on their new home.
If you are in the market for a home, consider a new construction home. Always use a Realtor who can help you with the building process as well as the purchasing of your new home.