What Do Buyers Want In A Smart Home?

What Do Buyers Want In A Smart Home?

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Homebuyers are showing more interest in technological home features these days. For example, 46% of new and prospective homeowners say they want a security camera on the premises, according to the latest annual survey from the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB).

Three of the top four most-wanted tech features relate to security, with surveillance cameras leading the pack, the survey found. Buyers also reported high interest in video doorbells and wireless home security systems.

For many buyers, a smart home is an upgrade. The survey found that about 21% are leaving a home with smart features they don’t want to give up, but about 40% of buyers want their next home to be smart, “indicating that there is a market growth potential for these items,” according to a recent NAHB “Eye on Housing” blog.

Most-desired home technology features

  • Security cameras: 21% currently have one; 46% want them in a new home
  • Video doorbell: 12% currently have one; 45% want one in a new home
  • Programmable thermostat: 41% currently have one; 44% want one in a new home
  • Wireless home security system: 18% currently have one; 40% want one in a new home
  • Multi-zone HAVC system: 11% currently have one; 39% want one in a new home
  • Lighting control system: 14% currently have one; 36% want one in a new home
  • Wireless home audio system: 12% currently have one; 33% want one in a new home
  • Central vacuum system: 10% currently have one; 33% want one in a new home
  • Energy management system: 6% currently have one; 31% want one in a new home
  • Smart washer/dryer (controlled remotely): 8% currently have one; 31% want one in a new home

 

Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 187,000 members in 51 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.

 

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