Going into 2022, we’d all love to see the world calm down from some of the bigger challenges of 2020 and 2021. However, spending more time at home in these past two years has definitely impacted homebuyer tastes, to the point that demand has shifted pretty substantially. Finding a great real estate agent and buying a house in 2022 will require prospective buyers to think through which of the current and emerging home trends matter most to them.


HomeLight gleaned insights from real estate agents in all major U.S. markets and they see these features being paramount in the coming year for the housing market. Keep them in mind as you make your decisions.


People Want Space in Their Homes Now 

The first inklings of this trend were when people chose to move out of small urban-core apartments in order to get a bigger house in the suburbs, but right now, the space demand seems to be holding. People want to be able to spend time at home in comfort and ease, as well as having distinct parts of the house so that family members aren’t always on top of each other. Being able to have separate spaces for working, playing, sleeping, and socializing is a luxury that most people are wanting more of than in the past, and rising square footage continues this trend.


Backyards Should Be Ready for Entertaining 

A bare patch of lush green lawn isn’t quite enough for most families any more - the trend is to be able to do some serious outdoor entertaining. Families under lockdown invested in outdoor kitchens and excellent patios and decks. The more adventurous added in-ground spas and swimming pools, which are now reaping substantial premiums when they go to sell. Having a great backyard for entertaining family and friends is now considered one of the bigger sells for a house, and you can expect these features to continue to be popular in the coming months and year. 


Expect a Home Office and Home Gym Trend 

Sure, everyone has heard of how many bedrooms and bathrooms a house has, but have you listed out the spaces for home offices and home gyms? Given that many companies are creating long-term plans to allow employees to work from home part-time or full-time, people are keeping their gym equipment ready for breaks and are wanting a permanent place that is fully devoted to their work. If you have a bedroom that comes across as too small to some buyers, you might want to reframe that room as a home office, because this feature is here to stay. 


While any given homeowner may find different features valuable, the popularity of larger homes with amenity-filled backyards and a focus on home offices and home gyms seems to have staying power. Keep these features in mind when making your own choices about how you choose a custom home or purchase an existing one. You never know when it’ll be helpful to have a little extra space or a great backyard for a party!



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