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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Reduced 7%

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 760 Sf

$250,000

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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1 Bed • 1 Bath • 835 Sf

$250,000

100 N Federal Hwy 934, Fort Lauderdale

Super Clean 1/1 Plus Den / Office Area In The Heart Of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Beautiful Downtown City Skyline Views. Large Master Closet And Lau...

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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
New Listing

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 960 Sf

$255,000

917 Ne 16th Ave 4, Fort Lauderdale

Beautiful And Completely Remodeled Boutique Condo In Victoria Park. A Designer Kitchen Is The Centerpiece Of This Residence With Custom Cabinetry,...

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Bex Realty, Llc

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 894 Sf

$259,000

520 Se 5th Ave 1401, Fort Lauderdale

Remodeled 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Unit In Sought After Las Olas By The River Building. This Fourth Floor Unit Features Wooden Laminate Floors And Mode...

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One Sotheby's Int'l Realty
Reduced 3%

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 780 Sf

$259,000

110 N Federal Hwy 708, Fort Lauderdale

Clean | Modern | Crisp Condo W/den Walking Distance To Las Olas Blvd, Flagler Village And The Brightline Virgin Train Station. Beautiful Off-whit...

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The Keyes Company

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 Experience
Reduced 12%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,000 Sf

$260,000

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

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 760 Sf

$264,900

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

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

1 Bed • 1 Bath

$265,000

1000 Se 4th St 317, Fort Lauderdale

One Of The Largest One Bedroom Models In Sought After Riverview Gardens. The Perfect Location On The New River With The All Day &every Day Boat Par...

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Reduced 2%

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 620 Sf

$269,900

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

2 Bed • 2 Bath

$274,000

520 Se 5 Avenue 2306, Fort Lauderdale

Large 2/2 With Split Bedroom Plan And An Ample Balcony Facing North!! New Carpet Floor And New Painting All Over The Whole Unit, Washer/dryer, Sp...

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Moon Key Realty, Llc

2 Bed • 2 Bath

$274,000

520 Se 5 Avenue 1708, Fort Lauderdale

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

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Moon Key Realty, Llc
Reduced 4%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,070 Sf

$274,500

1770 E Las Olas Blvd 301, Fort Lauderdale

Best Location In Fort Lauderdale! This One Of A Kind Home Is Located In A Boutique Waterfront Building Right On Las Olas Blvd! Walk To All Of The H...

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Florida's Best Realty Services

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

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 803 Sf

$275,000

511 Se 5th Ave 2115, Fort Lauderdale

Enjoy All Downtown Ft. Lauderdale Has To Offer In This Beautifully Appointed 21st Floor Unit With Gorgeous River Views! New Ac, New Hot Water Heate...

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Keller Williams Realty Cs
Reduced 7%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,240 Sf

$279,880

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
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
Reduced 3%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,153 Sf

$284,500

520 Se 5th Ave 2209, Fort Lauderdale

Price Reduced..downtown Fort Lauderdale, Great Place, Great Space 2bed/2bath City Condo. All New Floors, Baseboards, Paint. Split Floor Plan, Walk-...

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One Sotheby's Int'l Realty

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,240 Sf

$285,000

533 Ne 3rd Av 406, Fort Lauderdale

Spectacular 2/2 Condo With City View. This 2005 Building Features Covered Secured Parking, Pool And A Courtyard For Relaxation, Gym,social Area Wit...

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Skye Louis Realty Inc

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 • 1,306 Sf

$289,000

1212 Se 2nd Ct 202, Fort Lauderdale

Fabulous Opportunity To Own A 2/2 Just One Block From Las Olas And All Downtown Fort Lauderdale Has To Offer. This Unit Has Tile Throughout, Open K...

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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
Reduced 2%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,246 Sf

$294,500

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
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
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
New Listing

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,300 Sf

$299,500

180 Isle Of Venice Dr 229, Fort Lauderdale

The Oasis! Las Olas's Best Buy! And Best Kept Secret! A Serene & Secure Location Situated On A Phenomenal 4 Acre Point Lot W Sweeping Water Views I...

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Mizner/bass Realty Inc

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,218 Sf

$299,800

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 • 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

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

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 585 Sf

$310,000

65 Hendricks Isle 5, Fort Lauderdale

Hendricks Isle Is Las Olas' Choice Address In Fort Lauderdale. Vista Del Sol Condo Is Perfectly Situated At The Very Beginning Of Hendricks Isle. W...

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Prestige Waterfront Realty
New Listing

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 820 Sf

$315,000

347 N New River Dr E 1207, Fort Lauderdale

Enjoy Las Olas Waterfront Living In This Spacious 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Sungarden Residence. Features Include Gourmet Kitchen With Granite Countertops,...

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D'angelo Realty Group Llc

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

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,248 Sf

$319,000

110 N Federal Hwy 706, Fort Lauderdale

The Wow Factor Can Be Yours At A Truly Affordable Price! Come Home To Luxury Living At The Pet Friendly Waverly Condominium In The Heart Of Fort La...

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Coldwell Banker Residential Re
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
Reduced 3%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,233 Sf

$320,000

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

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,153 Sf

$324,500

520 Se 5th Ave 2709, Fort Lauderdale

Absolutely Amazing Views Of Fort Lauderdale's Downtown And The New River! This Penthouse Condo Has 10 Foot Ceilings, Hi-impact Windows And Doors, ...

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Coldwell Banker Residential Re

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 967 Sf

$324,900

435 N Andrews Ave 205, Fort Lauderdale

Awesome Ny Style Loft, High Ceilings, Exposed Ducts, Polished Concrete Floors, Impact Windows And Doors, Large Patio, Washer & Dryer, Located In Do...

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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

2 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,017 Sf

$325,000

511 Se 5th Ave 1606, Fort Lauderdale

Immaculate Furnished Condo In Nu River Landing. Why Pay Rent When You Can Own In This 5 Star Building Loaded With Amenities. Kitchen Has Granite/st...

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Sea Island Realty Inc.
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

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 847 Sf

$329,000

350 Se 2nd St 2280, Fort Lauderdale

Live In The Heart Of Booming Downtown Fort Lauderdale. 22nd Floor Offers A Birds Eye View Of The City Lights. The Lifestyle Can't Be Beat...find R...

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Coldwell Banker Residential Re

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