If you’re home shopping, you’ll undoubtedly have a few features in mind that you’re hoping to find. How else would you identify the home of your dreams than by knowing what characteristics it would have?

Of course, you’ll want the best mortgage financing possible. That’s what the Mortgage Genie specializes in. The hard part is finding the house! So what are most people looking for in a home?

Here is a break-down of some of home buyers’ most wanted home features today.

A Laundry Room in the Home

Most homes have laundry facilities, but not all of them. While some homes have a laundry room indoors, others have laundry in the garage or shed, and some have none at all. Condos and townhouses often do not indoor laundry, and the laundry room is something that home shoppers put high value on.

Walk-in Closets

There was as time when master bedrooms weren’t commonly built with walk-in closets. The walk-in closets are now quite common in new structures, and older homes are being renovated to add them. A home with a walk-in for every bedroom would be highly prized.

Granite Countertops

Granite or similar material countertops are highly sought after. Laminate and enamel counters just don’t compare for most home shoppers. Of course, you can always install granite later, although it can be expensive to do.

Outdoor Lighting

Exterior lighting really changes the atmosphere on patios, decks, porches, and on the property in general after dark. It can also create a stunning view of the building itself. It’s becoming more common for homes to have well designed outdoor lighting, and buyers are looking for it.

Energy Efficient Appliances

Energy efficient appliances are not something people are looking for so much as something buyers demand. No one wants the wasteful older models in their homes anymore, and selling a home now almost always requires an upgrade to newer, more efficient appliances.

Porches, Patios or Decks

Outdoor spaces are highly sought after, especially for families with kids or who like to entertain. Among the homes with porches, the larger the porch the better. And of course details like a shade awning or gas fire pit add value for shoppers.

Hardwood Flooring

Always classic, hardware flooring never seems to go out of style. Today manufactured hardwood flooring has become an option as well as traditional hardwoods. Both varieties are made from real wood and come is a wide variety of looks. Whether birch, redwood, or whitewash, people love hardwood floors.

Storage Space

More than ever before, home buyers want storage space. Attics, garages, sheds, cellars, whatever form the storage takes it’s better than no storage. The more connected to the living space and more easily organized, the better.

Eat-in Kitchen

An eat-in kitchen can mean that the kitchen has a breakfast bar attached to it, or a full table and chairs seating area. The point is that home buyers want it to be a gathering place for smooth transition to and from cooking and eating together.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are enjoyable. They look good, sound good, feel good. They help regulate home temperatures and home shoppers would rather buy a home that has them than install fans themselves.