Whats in and whats
out for 2006
By Louise Bolger
SUN STAFF WRITER
Its a new year, and like every other
new year we can expect new trends to emerge in just about
every area of our lives fashion, entertainment, education
and, of course, real estate.
A list of the latest home buyer trends was compiled by The
New York Times in the form of "1001 Tips for Buying and
Selling a Home." This week well do the whats
in, and next week well tackle whats
Smaller square footage homes. Buyers want less space with
better finishes. The days of super large homes appears to
be trending down.
Quality kitchen cabinets with furniture finish cabinets that
will blend into the open kitchen/greatroom family living space.
Bamboo wood floors, which we started hearing about approximately
five years ago, are now in line to take over maple as the
favorite light colored flooring.
Flat screen TVs and walls to put them on. Too much glass and
sliding glass doors, popular in Florida, could make flat screen
TV installations difficult.
Conveniently located power and cable boxes are also important.
The favorite location for installation of the flat screen
in new construction is over the fireplace.
Wired homes equipped with multiple and high-powered phone
lines, modems, DSL, wi-fi availability are becoming mainstream
for tech-savvy homebuyers, and who isnt?
Separate shower stalls and bathtubs in master bathrooms
better still separate bathrooms within master bedrooms.
Built-in home stereo systems are still more popular than wireless
and a must for most new homes.
Balconies and lanais wider than three feet. Buyers want useable
outdoor space especially in Southern climates suitable for
With the popularity of condominium living, especially here
in Florida, home buyers want to make sure there is enough
parking for both guests and owners.
Believe it or not, dog parks comes up on the list as something
home buyers are looking for. We have one in Bradenton.
One-level homes always popular with older homeowners, are
more popular than ever for the aging baby boomers.
For the moment, second homes are still very popular with the
baby boomers. This could, however, change if there is a downturn
in real estate values nationwide, or if the federal tax deduction
for these homes changes.
Buyers are looking for sellers to sweeten the deal a little
by paying for more closing costs, a nice perk to buyers as
real estate markets become a little tighter.
Sounds simple and easy, but few homes have carbon monoxide
detectors. Install one on every floor before placing your
home on the market.
Thats a few of the more interesting trends the Times
listed. It did leave out the new robot vacuum that I am absolutely
lusting after, or a flat screen television that will allow
two people to watch two different shows at the same time.
Its an angle thing. Depending on where you sit you see
one show or the other, with headphones, of course.
Too bad Christmas is over. See you next week with whats