AUSTIN, TX. – Even though it’s 2016 one thing is clear, home buying trends are changing every year and buyers this year are searching for different things in the Austin Texas Home Market than they were in years past.

In this post we will cover some of the top home buying trends for 2016 and what you can expect if you are selling your Austin Texas Home this year.

Buyers Want More Function

There’s no denying that granite counter tops were one of the top things that buyers wanted in years past but in 2016 times have changed and instead of aesthetics buyers want a functional kitchen that has new appliances, a walk-in pantry, double sink and an eat-in layout.

“Each family lives in their home differently,” says Beazer Homes Senior Creative Manager Michael Phillips. “Some buyers prefer a private dining room, while others want an open-concept kitchen with a more casual eating area. Where one buyer might prefer an owner’s suite on the main level, others may want all their bedrooms on the upper level.”

Although every home buyer’s needs are unique, the market is often dictated by common trends. To better understand your own buying preferences and to see if you’re aligned with others in the real estate marketplace, take a look at these five home-buying trends.

Source – Review Journal

Goodbye Formal Living Rooms

If you bought or sold a home years ago you may remember that a formal living room was the preference for many buyers but, a formal living room is no longer the preference for most people because in 2016 many Austin Texas Home buyers are converting the traditional living room space into a home office, workout room or a playroom for their homes.

Bigger, Energy Efficient Windows Are a Must

Last of all, but most important, Austin Texas home buyers are searching for bigger, energy efficient windows.

Before selecting new windows for your home, determine what types of windows will work best and where to improve your home's energy efficiency. It's a good idea to understand the energy performance ratings of windows so you’ll know what energy performance ratings you need for your windows based on your climate and the home's design.

For labeling energy-efficient windows, ENERGY STAR® has established minimum energy performance rating criteria by climate. However, these criteria don't account for a home's design, such as window orientation.

Windows are an important element in passive solar home design, which uses solar energy at the site to provide heating, cooling, and lighting for a house. Passive solar design strategies vary by building location and regional climate, but the basic window guidelines remain the same—select, orient, and size glass to maximize solar heat gain in winter and minimize it in summer.

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