Few, if any, other businesses than home building put a buyer into such a high level of engagement with his or her seller. When home builders tend to focus on a particular feature of a home, it's because they know buyers tend to want that feature.

Here, from National Association of Home Builders analyst Rose Quint, is a roll-up of survey data from home builders on what they're including as the most desired home features for 2016. As well, Quint lists the features that builders indicate are less likely to be built into new homes. These features can be adapted for home remodelers to prepare for home trends in 2016.

Using a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 meant not at all likely to be included in typical home and 5 meant very likely, builders reported the following as the most likely features to show up in the typical 2016 home:

  • Walk-in closet in the master bedroom (avg. rating 4.9)
  • Laundry room (4.8)
  • Great room (4.7)

Several features that help owners with energy conservation are also very likely to be included in new homes built this year: low-e windows, ENERGY STAR® appliances and windows, and a programmable thermostat. Other likely candidates: 9’+ ceilings in the first floor, a central island and granite countertops in the kitchen.

Still, it might be interesting, if not vital, to know which features are trending up or down in a given period, not just where they stand at the moment. Are programmable thermostats, for instance, growing more popular, staying the same, or declining? One could guess.

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