Homebuyers Want Home Offices…Again

The home office trend didn’t stop like the homemade bread trend that started at the beginning of the pandemic. Home offices are now considered a necessity for homebuyers as many work remotely or have relocated during the pandemic. 

Why Does a Homebuyer Want a Home Office?

The “Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2022” reports that “almost two-thirds of real estate professionals believe that fewer than 75% of workers will come to the office at least three days a week in 2022.” Additionally, a recent McKinsey survey found that nine out of 10 companies will keep their remote work arrangements even after the pandemic. 

 

A home office has become an essential part of a homebuyer’s needs. It’s as critical as other home-defining criteria like location, square footage, and price. The National Association of Home Builders found in their survey that 64% of today’s homebuyers want a home office. Almost a quarter of them call a home office essential. 

What Do Homebuyers Want in a Home Office?

After talking to several agents, Money.com found that real estate agents agree that homebuyers are very particular about the home offices they want. One agent said buyers want a closed-off space for privacy that still allows for natural light. Another REALTOR® noted the size and style of the home office are essential to most homebuyers since Zoom has become the primary form of communication, and they want a neat and professional space to make calls from. 

They also want answers to technical questions like the strength of the internet connection, download and upload speeds, internet providers, fiber connections, and cell phone carriers. This is novel since many haven’t provided such specific information before. 

KB Home, the fifth-largest builder in America, has caught onto the trend and is capitalizing on it. In August, they launched a home office package for buyers to add to homes. It ranges from $2,000 to $3,000 and will include extra-wide counter spaces, USB charging outlets, data ports, and open shelving. If homebuyers want to get technical, they can pay extra for upgrades like soundproofing, phone jacks, and custom lighting packages. 
As you can see, the home office trend is returning, and it’s staying. Contact us if you need help marketing or selling your home with a home office! We are here to help: (512) 721-1094 or dbrown@talkpropertymanagement.com.

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