Curb appeal, stainless steel appliances, and original hardwood floors are just a few of the modern features that may come to mind for today’s homebuyers looking for a home. Keyword home search data from real estate search engine,, has revealed what features were most in-demand by U.S. homebuyers in 2020. For some, location and beautiful views were top of mind, while others wanted perks like ample storage space.

Two of the biggest trends we noticed were an increase in multigenerational households and the pursuit of privacy.

Desire for Privacy

While the pandemic caused many to flee big cities in favor of less dense areas, some homebuyers sought out rural locations for the appeal of acreage and fenced-in yards. Iowa, South Dakota, and Vermont were among those that welcomed new residents—particularly those craving a country setting and fewer neighbors.

Multigenerational Living

In Montana, New Jersey, and New Mexico, home shoppers sought alternative living spaces, like mother-in-law apartments and accessory dwelling units. Nationwide, multigenerational living is on the rise as families merge to accommodate and assist with anything from caregiving to financial and emotional support.


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