As the best time to list your home for sale approaches, you may be wondering which home features catch the eye of buyers. To answer this question, we used property views data for homes with certain features to analyze the preferences of home-browsers on Realtor.com. Because many of these most-desired features are somewhat less common, all views data was analyzed on a per-home basis. This helps us roughly match demand and supply to get a sense of how popular homes with these features are relative to how commonly buyers will find them.
As the nation transitioned to new work and leisure norms during the pandemic, home preferences shifted as well. Many of these preference shifts are here to stay, as shown in the most recent views-per-property data. In early 2022, home-searchers were keenly interested in spacious, move-in ready homes with outdoor amenities for activities and leisure.