Greetings neighbors,

With home sales slowly rising in comparison to this time last year, many people searching the market are looking for certain features or amenities when buying their homes now. According to RISMedia, there are 10 must haves that current consumers are searching for in a new home which include:

Grand kitchens w/ islands: Invest more money on where people actually

Granite Counter Tops are in high demand for those who are "buying-up" or for those who want to purchase custom homes.

Green Features such as Energy-efficient appliances, high-efficiency insulation and high window efficiency.

Office Space/Study is preferred over formal dining room space these days.

Master bedrooms on the main floor are becoming very popular this day in age.

Outdoor Living Rooms are also increasing in popularity. It seems that people are wanting to spend more time outside.

Soaker tubs in the master bathroom are in high demand in addition to whirlpools. Large showers with sitting areas are also rising in popularity.

Homes made out of stone or brick are now in hot demand by consumers opposed to stucco and vinyl.

Up to date landscaping including paths or playgrounds can be of some use.

Two car garages and sometimes three car garages that are sometimes used for additional storage.