Important Design Features for 55+ Buyers

J0227488 If you are a 55+ buyer your preferences are likely a little more focused on features such as a main floor master bedroom… features that will allow you to 'age in place'. In fact, 71% of 55+ buyers say they want the master bedroom on the first floor, compared to just 16% of all buyers!

The average size of homes has been falling. In fact, the average size of homes with at least three bedrooms was down in 2009 for the first time since 1992, and houses with two or more stories peaked in 2006 and has been falling ever since. This follows trends for 55+ plus buyers, who place high importance on smaller, space-efficient homes.

Regardless of age, and whether buying or remodeling, buyers are cost-conscious but with a focus on efficiency and quality rather than simply pinching pennies. They are willing to pay a little more for a payback of higher efficiency or quality.

According to a National Association of Homebuilders Consumer Preferences Survey, here is what is important to 55+ buyers, whether buying a condo, townhouse or single family house.

Most Important Design Features for 55+ Buyers

  1. Washer/Dryer in the unit
  2. Storage space
  3. Windows that open easily
  4. Garage door opener
  5. Easy-to-use thermostat
  6. Master bedroom on first floor
  7. Private patio
  8. Porch
  9. Attached garage
  10. Bigger bathrooms

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results -


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