What Home Buyers Really Want In 2015

Posted by John Sabia on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 at 12:09pm.

What do homebuyers really look for? A new survey conducted by the Demand Institute contradicts the conventional wisdom of what is typically thought to be the top features the average home buyer looks for when looking at homes for sale.  Conventional thinking ranks huge back yards, quality schools and closeness to work and public transit as top on the list. However, the latest results from the survey show conventional wisdom is incorrect.

Just 25% of those surveyed said being near public transportation was important to them while 44% considered it unimportant in their buying decision. Along the same lines, quality schools and proximity to employment were also ranked very low on the list. So, what do buyers consider to be most important today when considering a home or condo for sale?

Surprisingly, respondents ranked pet friendliness, large windows, extra storage and laundry facilities inside the home as just some of the top items.  Central Air, however, was the number one item on the list mentioned by 75% of those surveyed.

So what have we learned? Huge yards and a quick commute will be attractive to many home buyers - but homes without central air conditioning will not attract the majority of buyers. Read more here...

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1 Bed • 1 Bath • 760 Sf

$250,000

180 Isle Of Venice Dr 431, Fort Lauderdale

Rare Offering In Exclusive Area Located Perfectly Between Las Olas Boulevard Dining And Entertainment And Famous Fort Lauderdale Beach. Amazing Vi...

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Re/max First

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,020 Sf

$254,000

615 Ne 12th Ave 103, Fort Lauderdale

Completely Renovated Beautiful 2br/2ba Ground Floor Unit Beside Holiday Park In Victoria Park! Spacious Condo Located In La Concha Condominium, A B...

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Alderuccio Corporation
Reduced 2%

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 760 Sf

$259,900

180 Isle Of Venice Dr 210, Fort Lauderdale

* It's All About Location * Retro Community W/a Modern Flair In Las Olas Isles * Amazing Remodeled 2nd Flr Apt Near The End Of The Isle * Contempor...

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Coldwell Banker Residential Re

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 620 Sf

$259,900

1000 Se 4th St 204, Fort Lauderdale

Located Directly On The Majestic New River, This Immaculate 1 Bed/1 Bath Unit Would Be The Perfect Starter Condo, Home To Downsize To, Or Winter Re...

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Re/max Preferred

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 835 Sf

$264,500

100 N Federal Hwy 836, Fort Lauderdale

Impecable 1 Bedroom + Den/ 1 Bath Unit In "waverly At Las Olas". Breath Taking Views Of The City. Updated Wood Floors Throughout And Tile In Kitche...

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Novus Realty Llc
Reduced 1%

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 780 Sf

$264,900

110 N Federal Hwy 708, Fort Lauderdale

Walking Distance To Las Olas, Flagler Village And The Brightline Train Station. Clean And Remodeled Rarely Available One Bedroom With Den In The Ge...

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The Keyes Company

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,160 Sf

$265,000

1220 Ne 3rd St 308, Fort Lauderdale

Fantastic 2/2 In Victoria Park. Walk To Las Olas, Downtown, Holiday Park, Shopping, And Other Exciting Attractions. Nicely Updated And Ready To M...

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Era Infinity Properties
Reduced 2%

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 803 Sf

$269,000

511 Se 5th Ave 915, Fort Lauderdale

Attention Investors. Luxury Highrise. This 1 Bedroom/1 Bath Unit Features High Ceilings, An Open Floor Plan, Tile Flooring Throughout Living Areas ...

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D'angelo Realty Group Llc
Reduced 2%

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 809 Sf

$269,000

600 W Las Olas Blvd 1004s, Fort Lauderdale

1 Bd/1 Ba, Pool/river Views, Travertine/wood Laminate Flrs. Washer/dryer In Unit, Balcony, Flr To Ceiling Windows, Views Of Pool, Downtown Ft Laud ...

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Bhhs Ewm Realty

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 760 Sf

$269,000

180 Isle Of Venice Dr 231, Fort Lauderdale

Rare Offering In Exclusive Area Located Perfectly Between Las Olas Boulevard Dining And Entertainment And Famous Fort Lauderdale Beach. Amazing Vie...

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Re/max First
Reduced 3%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,240 Sf

$269,900

533 Ne 3rd Ave 502, Fort Lauderdale

Nestled In The Heart Of Flagler Village Is Sole Fort Lauderdale, Blocks To Las Olas & Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Only 2-miles To Wilton Manors And T...

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One Sotheby's Int'l Realty

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,153 Sf

$275,000

520 Se 5 Avenue 1509, Fort Lauderdale

Large 2/2 With Split Bedroom Plan And An Ample Balcony Facing West!! Laminate Floor In Main Living area, Carpet In Bedrooms Washer/dryer, ...

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Moon Key Realty, Llc

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,240 Sf

$275,000

533 Ne 3rd Ave 503, Fort Lauderdale

1,240 Sqft Fully Remodeled 2 Br/2 Bath Split Floorplan Condo At Sole In Flagler Village. Gorgeous & Move-in Ready. Enormous Walk In Closets, Pantry...

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Better Homes & Gdns Re Fla 1st
New Listing

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 620 Sf

$275,000

1000 Se 4th St 214, Fort Lauderdale

Hidden Gem Riverfront Building Only Steps From Las Olas Blvd, Restaurants, Bar, Shops And Plenty Of Nightlife! Rarely Available Fully Remodeled & F...

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Compass Florida, Llc
Reduced 2%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,148 Sf

$279,050

520 Se 5th Ave 1302, Fort Lauderdale

Beautiful Condo Unit At “las Olas By The River” In Downtown Ft. Lauderdale. The Unit 2/2 Is Located On The Third Floor With A Pool Vi...

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Keller Williams Capital Realty
Reduced 3%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,170 Sf

$280,000

520 Se 5 Avenue 1205, Fort Lauderdale

Large 2/2 With Split Plan And Large Den - Washer/dryer - Spacious Open Kitchen - Unit Very Bright And Inviting - Plenty Of Closets - 1 Assigned Sec...

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Moon Key Realty, Llc
New Listing

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 803 Sf

$285,000

511 Se 5th Ave 2415, Fort Lauderdale

1bed/1bath Unit W/ Beautiful West & River Views From Private Balcony. This Sub-penthouse Unit Boasts Amazing 11ft Ceilings, Oversized Marble Floors...

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Era Infinity Properties

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,083 Sf

$289,000

520 Se 5th Ave 2504, Fort Lauderdale

Great 2/2 Corner Unit (comes Furnished Or Unfurnished)

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Beachfront Realty Inc

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 801 Sf

$289,000

511 Se 5th Ave 1723, Fort Lauderdale

Amazing River And City View From This High Floor One Bedroom Condo With Balcony. Condo Is Leased To Great Tenants Until End Of April 2020 So It's P...

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Bella Costa Properties

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,240 Sf

$293,000

533 Ne 3rd Ave 501, Fort Lauderdale

A Simple Life! Enjoy Ft Lauderdale, Las Olas Area. Building Has All The Amenities, Heated Pool, Exercise Room, Picnic/ Bbq Area, Covered Parking, S...

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Highlight Realty Corp/lw

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,153 Sf

$294,500

520 Se 5th Ave 2209, Fort Lauderdale

Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Great Place, Great Space 2bed/2bath City Condo. All New Floors, Baseboards, Paint. Split Floor Plan, Walk-in Closets, Was...

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One Sotheby's Int'l Realty
Reduced 10%

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 908 Sf

$295,000

511 Se 5th Ave 1601, Fort Lauderdale

Panoramic River, City And Ocean Views! Large 1 Bedroom Residence In The Desired 01 Stack! Largest One Bedroom Floor Plan. Resort Style Building Clo...

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D'angelo Realty Group Llc

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 835 Sf

$295,000

110 N Federal Hwy 507, Fort Lauderdale

* Investor Alert * Annual Leased At $1,975/mo. Best Large 1-br+dining /1-ba, Plus 400+ Sq.ft.private Gated Patio On Pool Deck (deeded To This Unit...

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Condos & Castles Real Estate

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,000 Sf

$295,750

610 W Las Olas Blvd 314n, Fort Lauderdale

Location! Location! Location! Affordable 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom With Split Floor-plan Located In The Heart Of Downtown, Fort Lauderdale Available Fo...

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S&s Global
Reduced 5%

2 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,017 Sf

$299,000

511 Se 5th Ave 906, Fort Lauderdale

Great 1bed 1bath Plus A Den Unit With Granite Counter Top And Stainless Steel Appliances. Newer A/c Unit, Water Heater. Resort Sryle Amenities Incl...

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Sanchez Real Estate, Llc
Reduced 2%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,246 Sf

$299,000

511 Se 5th Ave 909, Fort Lauderdale

Great 2 Bed/2bath Split Bedrooms Styled Unit At Nuriver Landing A Beautiful Building In The Heart Of Downtown Fort Lauderdadle, Within Walking Dist...

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Brokernation Real Estate

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,218 Sf

$299,900

340 Sunset Dr 205, Fort Lauderdale

Completely Remodeled, Huge 2 Bedroom 2 Bath, Like New And Truly Just Steps Away From Famous Las Olas Blvd And Walking Distance From The Beach. Gran...

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The Keyes Company
Reduced 6%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,140 Sf

$299,900

180 Isle Of Venice Dr 107, Fort Lauderdale

Boat Lovers Haven!! Great Pool Views! This Amazing Treasure Is Located On Rio Barcelona Canal Is A 5 Minute Boat Ride To The Intracoastal & 15 Minu...

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Keller Williams Realty Profess

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,240 Sf

$299,900

533 Ne 3rd Ave 544, Fort Lauderdale

Looking For A Unit That Is Light, Bright, And Flooded With Natural Light? Unit 544 Is A Top Floor, Western Facing Unit With Balcony. This 2 Bed 2 ...

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Keller Williams Realty Profess

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 836 Sf

$299,900

2670 E Sunrise Blvd 1009, Fort Lauderdale

High Floor Luxury Suite Hotel/condo! This 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Suite Is Truly A Turn Key Beach Getaway That You Can Make Money With And Also Enjoy For...

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Lokation Real Estate
Reduced 8%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,030 Sf

$300,000

1770 E Las Olas Blvd 205, Fort Lauderdale

Lovely, Upgraded Condo In Las Olas Isles, Minutes From Ft Lauderdale Beach. This Second Floor Unit Features 2 Bedrooms And 2 Bathrooms As Well As V...

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One Sotheby's Int'l Realty
Reduced 6%

3 Bed • 2 Bath

$300,000

252 City View Dr. 252, Fort Lauderdale

Downtown!!! This 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Two Story Town Home With Vaulted Ceilings Boasts A Good Size Contemporary Kitchen With Granite And Oak-finished...

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Castelli Real Estate Services
New Listing

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,000 Sf

$309,000

610 W Las Olas Blvd 514n, Fort Lauderdale

Price Reduced! Great Value: Updated 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Condo At The Symphony On The New River On W. Las Olas Blvd. Split Floor Plan With 2 Master Su...

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D'angelo Realty Group Llc
Reduced 3%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,350 Sf

$315,000

110 N Federal Hwy 905, Fort Lauderdale

Great Priced Corner Unit W/ Lots Of Windows. This Bright & Spacious 2/2 Condo Overlooks The Infinity Pool/cabana Area & Beautiful 9th Floor View Of...

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Re/max First
New Listing

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 820 Sf

$315,000

347 N New River 406, Fort Lauderdale

Enjoy River And City Views From This Immaculate 1br/1ba. Unit Features Granite In The Kitchen And Bathroom, Custom Closets, Floor To Ceiling Impact...

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Universal Brokers

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,244 Sf

$317,000

100 N Federal Hwy 1222, Fort Lauderdale

This High Floor 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Condo Is Located In The Heart Of Downtown, Close To Las Olas Blvd, Restaurants, Shopping, Entertainment & More...

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Exp Realty, Llc
Reduced 6%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,001 Sf

$319,500

610 W Las Olas Bl. 1614, Fort Lauderdale

Fabulous Views Of The River And The Downtown City Skyline For This Newly Painted 2 Bedroom, 2 Full Baths, Split Floor Plan Located In The Symphony,...

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D'angelo Realty Group Llc
New Listing

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 827 Sf

$320,000

600 W Las Olas Blvd 1106s, Fort Lauderdale

Amazing 1/1 Condo On A High Floor With A Beautiful View Of The New River Downtown Ft Lauderdale. Unit Is Located On The 11th Floor Of The South Tow...

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Success Realty Of S. Florida
Reduced 2%

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 967 Sf

$325,000

435 N Andrews Ave 205, Fort Lauderdale

Investor Ready****ny Style Loft, High Ceilings, Polished Concrete Floors, Impact Windows, In The Heart Of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Large Open Pati...

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Galleria International Realty

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 905 Sf

$325,000

425 N Andrews Ave 207, Fort Lauderdale

Large 1/1 Corner Unit In Avenue Lofts In Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Fat Village. ny Industrial Style With Exposed Ducts, High Ceilings, Con...

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Galleria International Realty
Reduced 3%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,030 Sf

$329,000

1770 E Las Olas Blvd 605, Fort Lauderdale

Competely Remodeled And Updated Top Floor Ne Corner Unit Large 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Condo On Las Olas Blvd. Walking East To The Beach And West To The S...

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Castelli Real Estate Services

2 Bed • 3 Bath • 1,204 Sf

$329,900

539 Ne 7th Ave 1a, Fort Lauderdale

Located In The Heart Of Much Desired Victoria Park Is This Large Renovated 2 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Town Home. This Lovely Home Features An Open Kitchen ...

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Coldwell Banker Residential Re

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,246 Sf

$330,000

511 Se 5th Ave 1411, Fort Lauderdale

Upgraded, High Floor, 2bed/2ba Condo Unit. Split Floorplan W/ Fantastic Southern City, Ocean, Port & Airport Views From Every Room/private Balcony....

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Era Infinity Properties
New Listing

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,233 Sf

$330,000

511 Se 5th Ave 1207, Fort Lauderdale

Nuriver Condo Is Located In Fort Lauderdale’s Financial, Dining, Cultural And Shopping Districts. This 2 Beds And 2 Full Bathrooms Apartment...

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Related Isg International Real
Reduced 3%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,246 Sf

$333,000

511 Se 5th Ave 1409, Fort Lauderdale

Immaculate South Facing 2 Bed/2 Bath W/a Distant View To The Ocean, Port And The Airport. Well Maintained With Custom Lighting Fixtures, Split Bed...

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Coldwell Banker Residential Re

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,155 Sf

$340,000

315 Ne 3rd Ave 1805, Fort Lauderdale

Spectacular 02 Bed/02 Bath Condo, Gorgeous Ocean And City Views, Beautiful Marble Flooring, Split Bedrooms , Unit Has Gorgeous Chandeliers, Maste...

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Canvas Real Estate

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 850 Sf

$342,000

1000 Se 4th St 127, Fort Lauderdale

Perfect Location! This 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Condo Has Been Completely Remodeled And Sits On The New River, One Block From Famous Las Olas Boulevard. En...

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Berkshire Hathaway Fl Realty

2 Bed • 3 Bath • 1,185 Sf

$342,900

315 Ne 3rd Ave 1801, Fort Lauderdale

Wow! Don't Miss This Opportunity, Amazing 2bed 2.5 Bath Unit On The 18th Floor In Strada Has A Remarkable Views Of The Nw, N And Ne Areas Of Fort ...

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Crystal Pointe Realty Group

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