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 • 1,140 Sf

$255,000

180 Isle Of Venice Dr 130, Fort Lauderdale

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

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Mizner/bass Realty Inc

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 960 Sf

$255,900

1515 E Broward Blvd 424, Fort Lauderdale

This Is One Of The Best Maintained Communities In Downtown Ft Lauderdale. Maintenance Office Is On Site. Pcv Is Located Walking Distance From Las O...

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Ion Real Estate Group Inc.
Reduced 13%

1 Bath • 400 Sf

$259,000

535 Hendricks Isle 104, Fort Lauderdale

Stunning Studio Unit In Charming Burton Point In Las Olas, 2 Docks For 60' Of Dockage, Perfect As Captains Quarters. Custom Murphy Bed, Doubles As ...

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Intercoastal Realty Inc
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

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 960 Sf

$259,963

1515 E Broward Blvd 226, Fort Lauderdale

Impeccable Two Bedroom Unit At Desirable Pine Crest Village. Steps From Las Olas, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Restaurants And Beach. Perfect Location...

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Ellis Realty Group

1 Bed • 1 Bath

$264,900

N/a, Fort Lauderdale

Impeccably Remodeled Co-op Unit At The Oasis In Las Olas Nurmi Isle. Nestled Right On The Expansive Canal With Stunning Water Views (ocean Access ...

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Realty Today Florida Llc
Reduced 2%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 960 Sf

$265,000

1515 E Broward Blvd 106, Fort Lauderdale

Amazing 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Condo In The Heart Of Downtown Ft Lauderdale, Only Minutes From Beautiful Las Olas Beach. Walking Distance To Some Of ...

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Kurz Real Estate Corp

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 780 Sf

$267,500

110 N Federal Hwy 708, Fort Lauderdale

Walking Distance To Las Olas, Downtown And The Brightline Train Station. Remodeled Rarely Available One Bedroom With Den In The Geographically Supe...

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The Keyes Company
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

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 620 Sf

$269,000

1000 Se 4th St 304, Fort Lauderdale

Amazing Location!!! Live On The Water One Street Off Las Olas. Million Dollar Area. This Bright One Bed Condo Is Private And Quiet But Just A Few S...

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Galleria International 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, Spacious...

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Moon Key Realty, Llc

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,240 Sf

$278,888

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
Reduced 3%

2 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,017 Sf

$279,000

511 Se 5th Ave 706, Fort Lauderdale

Enjoy The Downtown Ft. Lauderdale Lifestyle With Amenities Galore! 5 - Minute Walk To Las Olas Blvd. For Fabulous Night Life & Shopping. Enjoy This...

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Lokation Real Estate

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,148 Sf

$285,000

520 Se 5th Ave 2202, Fort Lauderdale

Spectacular Apartment In The Heart Of Fort Lauderdale 2 Beds & 2 Bathrooms *beautiful Garden View*new Stain Steel Appliances*back Splash * Fresh ...

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United Realty Group Inc

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,148 Sf

$285,050

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 View. The Unit H...

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Keller Williams Coral Gables - Coconut Grove
Reduced 2%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,170 Sf

$289,000

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 2%

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. Located In The Heart Of Downtown Ft Lauderdale, Nu River Has State...

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Bella Costa 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
New Listing

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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Re/max Advantage Plus

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,140 Sf

$290,000

180 Isle Of Venice Dr 111, Fort Lauderdale

Location, Location, Location, Water Views, Available Boat Dockage, And Just Off East Las Olas Boulevard Makes The Oasis Fort Lauderdale's Favorite ...

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Intercoastal Realty Inc

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,218 Sf

$292,000

1212 Se 2nd Ct 104, Fort Lauderdale

Walk To Las Olas, One Minute Away. Roomy Two Bedroom And 2 Full Bathrooms. Master Has Nice Bath And Huge Walk-in Closet. Small Boutique Building In...

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Real Estate Of Florida

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. Split Floor Plan, Walk-in Closets, Washer/dryer In Condo, Forever Park-vi...

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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
Reduced 3%

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 908 Sf

$295,000

511 Se 5th Ave 2001, Fort Lauderdale

Absolutely Gorgeous Panoramic Views Of The River, Ocean & City From The Largest 1 Bedroom Model. Totally Upgraded Unit On The Highly Desirable "01...

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Engel & Voelkers Fort Lauderdale

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 823 Sf

$295,000

610 W Las Olas Blvd 1120-n, Fort Lauderdale

Imagine Entertaining Friends Or Family Poolside On A Warm Summer Day Or Just Relax In Your Soaking Tub After A Hard Day At Work In This One Bedroom...

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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 * Best Large 1-br+dining /1-ba, Plus 300+ Sq.ft.private Gated Patio On Pool Deck + Large Locked Storage Area. (see Private Pool-d...

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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

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

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
New Listing

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 2%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,155 Sf

$299,999

315 Ne 3rd Ave 905, Fort Lauderdale

Stunning 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Condo Located In Sought After Dt Fort Lauderdale/ Flagler Village! This '"must See" Condo Has Been Completely Renovat...

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Jtd Realty Pa
Reduced 8%

1 Bed • 1 Bath

$300,000

1000 Se 4th Street 207, Fort Lauderdale

Once In A Lifetime Opportunity. Rare Jewel In The Exclusive New River Crown. The View You Pay Millions For In Rio Vista For A Fraction Of The Price...

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Re/max First
Reduced 5%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,000 Sf

$300,000

610 W Las Olas Blvd 314n, Fort Lauderdale

2 Bedroom, 2 Baths Split Plan Condo In The Heart Of Downtown Fort Lauderdale With Beautiful Hard Wood Floors Throughout, Window Treatments And Cust...

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Onecore Realty, Inc.
New Listing

1 Bed • 2 Bath • 890 Sf

$309,000

111 Se 8th Ave 1003, Fort Lauderdale

Living At The Venezia Las Olas Is A Lifestyle. With Only 49 Total Units And Just Six Units Per Floor, You Experience A Level Of Personalization And...

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Compass Florida, Llc
Reduced 1%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,233 Sf

$314,900

511 Se 5th Ave 707, Fort Lauderdale

Absolutely Amazing Open, Spacious Split Floor Plan. Brand New Beautiful Flooring In Bedroom. Kitchen Has Granite Counter Tops And Updated Appliance...

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Fortress Llc
New Listing

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 823 Sf

$314,900

610 W Las Olas Blvd 1520n, Fort Lauderdale

High Floor 1/1 With Fantastic Views Of The River & City Skyline. Grante & Stainless Kitchen. Large Master Bath W/ Double Vanity And Separate Tub & ...

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D'angelo Realty Group Llc
Reduced 1%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,246 Sf

$315,000

N/a, 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

3 Bed • 3 Bath • 1,603 Sf

$315,000

638 Nw 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale

Great Opportunity To Own This Spacious 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Townhouse With A 1-car Detached Garage In Old Progresso Village! Located Within Walking ...

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Coldwell Banker Residential Re
New Listing

3 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,403 Sf

$315,000

396 City View Dr 396, Fort Lauderdale

2 Story Townhouse In Heart Of Downtown/flagler / Uptown / Fat Village. 3 Bedrooms, Great Outdoor Space, New Flooring And Volume Ceilings. Gated C...

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Re/max Preferred

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

3 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,403 Sf

$319,000

214 City View Dr 214, Fort Lauderdale

Rare 2 Story Townhouse In Heart Of Downtown/flagger / Uptown / Fat Village. Walk To Brightline Train Station ( Short Ride To Miami-west Palm Beach...

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Gala Real Estate Services
Reduced 6%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,140 Sf

$319,900

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
Reduced 1%

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
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

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,194 Sf

$325,000

610 W Las Olas Blvd 316, Fort Lauderdale

Just Reduced, Lowest Priced In The Symphony At This Size. Your Chance To Live In Five Star Luxury At The Symphony Condominium On New River. Double ...

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Better Homes & Gdns Re Fla 1st

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,030 Sf

$325,000

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

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