5 must-haves for young homebuyers

According to a 2013 National Association of Realtors study, millennials (or those born between 1980 and 2000) are the second biggest segment of the buyer market. Many agents say that these younger buyers tend to have similar “must-have” features for their homes.

Some of these features include:

1. Updated kitchen and bath: Kitchen and baths can be expensive when it comes to remodels and renovations, so many young buyers want these rooms to be equipped with all the latest technology and trends before they move into the home.

Energy efficient lighting options are ideal for kitchen and bath applications - including LED recessed downlights for accent lighting or decorative pendants with CFL sources for task lighting - and reduce energy and maintenance costs for homeowners.

2. Large kitchens with an open floor plan: Young home buyers prefer an open floor layout over compartmentalized homes. The kitchen has replaced the formal dining room as a top hangout spot, ideal for entertaining.

It's important to consider a layered design approach that accounts for task, accent and ambient lighting with open layouts. This home uses a chandelier from our Clayton collection, in addition to our Brookside pendants and recessed lights to achieve ideal illumination.

3. A home office: More than 13 million Americans work from home. This number continues to increase, especially among the millenial generation. A dedicated space for home office activities is becoming increasingly important.

Proper lighting is essential to a well-designed, functional workspace. A large pendant - such as our Equinox lantern shown above - provides task lighting that efficiently and beautifully illuminates desk areas.

4. Low maintenance features: Younger homebuyers prefer homes that come with low upkeep features like wood floors and granite countertops that are attractive and hassle free.

With energy costs on the rise and growing interest in protecting the environment, young buyers are also conscious of buying homes that are green. LED fixtures - such as the Progress Lighting high performance LED downlights or LED undercabinet series - are low maintenance lighting options.

5. Technology: Today, homeowners are more concerned about area cellular service and internet capabilities over cable and telephone. These options can largely increase or decrease a home’s appeal to this generation.

To read more on “Must-haves to sell to young homebuyers,” visit http://www.bankrate.com/finance/real-estate/must-haves-to-sell-to-young-homebuyers-1.aspx.

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