What Will Homes Look Like In A Post-Pandemic World?

A lot has changed in just a few months, and for many that includes the idea of what a ‘dream home’ looks like. Not long ago, buyers were showing preference toward smaller homes and open concept spaces conducive to gathering. After a few months cooped up inside, those features don’t seem so appealing – and developers have taken note.

“While the coronavirus still rages on, it’s hard to predict what post-pandemic abodes might look like,” according to Barrons. “Yet, developers around the U.S. are already rethinking projects, anticipating residents’ needs and preferences that Covid-19 would spur. In doing so, they are re-evaluating current in-unit aesthetics and in-demand amenities.”

Dedicated Home Office Space

Here are just a few areas of home design where trends may shift in the coming years:

Home size
Homes had been trending smaller, but that may be over. With so many families spending (way) more time around the home lately, there’s never been more need for personal space. Expect homes to grow in size accordingly.

Prioritizing the home office
As more and more businesses relax work-from-home policies, or shift to full-time remote work entirely, the home office will become a near-essential for many buyers. A space that was once an after-thought now will need to offer privacy, good lighting and be pre-wired for telecommuting.

Return to the closed-floor plan
For some buyers, the appeal of the open-floor plan was already trending down prior to 2020, and the past few months have only made the reasons why more evident. Sharing more time and space at home demands privacy for school work, hobbies, and entertainment. With more meals being cooked at home, an open concept kitchen becomes noisy epicenter practically all day long. Builders expect a rise in demand for closed floor plans, where rooms are partitioned for purpose.

Smart technology
This is already one of the fastest growing trends in home design, but smart home technology will soon move from a ‘plus’ to a ‘must’. Temperature and lighting control can now be voice or motion-activated. Touchless faucets, once thought superfluous, are now an inexpensive and health-conscious upgrade. Systems that filter air and monitor air quality will become more common and affordable.

The Everything Guide to Buying Your First Home

So you’re thinking about buying your first home. Your very own house (and mortgage). A place to call — and make — your own. 

It’s a big move, literally and figuratively. Buying a house requires a serious amount of money and time. The journey isn’t always easy. It isn’t always intuitive. But when you get the keys to your new home — that, friend, can be one of the most rewarding feelings pretty much ever. 

The key to getting there? Knowing the home-buying journey. Knowing what tools are at your disposal. And most importantly? Creating relationships with experts who can help you get the job done. 

That’s where this guide comes in. We’ll show you not only the major steps you’ll take during the home-buying process, but also explain the relationships and experts you’ll need along the way. 

What’s Inside

  • Step-by-Step Home Buying Process
  • The Ultimate “I Wanna Buy A House” Checklist
  • How To Find The Right Agent
  • Stress-Free Guide to Shopping For Home Loans
  • How To Make An Offer Like A Boss
  • What To Expect During A Home Inspection
  • Appraisal Tips
  • How To Close The Deal

Click here to download your FREE copy!

Did You Know?

Not all real estate agents are REALTORS. Agents need to take extra courses and are held to higher ethical standards in order to become a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTOR. Ask your real estate agent if they are a REALTOR.

Can’t Afford a Home? Think Again.. Reasons Why Owning A Home is Better (And Smarter) Than Renting

Rent Prices Continue to Rise

If you get a fixed-rate mortgage on a home purchase, your mortgage payment can never change. Unless a renter is in a rent-controlled building or neighborhood, their rent is at risk of rising every year.

Homeownership Builds Wealth

Owning a home is an investment many people can understand. As a home appreciates, it accrues faster than a stock might because you get the appreciation on the entire home’s value, not just the gain on your down payment cash invested.

Forced Savings Plan

When a homeowner is making a mortgage payment, a portion of that payment is paying the loan down each month, giving the owner more equity in their home.

Homeowners Receive Many Tax Benefits

Homeowners are allowed to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes when they file tax returns each year

Homes Can Be Customized

Owning your home means you can paint rooms any color you want, you can change your floors from carpet to wood, and you can put a new chandelier in the dining room without asking a landlord for permission. And sometimes, making these home improvements will increase the value of your property.