First-time home buyers are an important demographic for the housing market.

Historically speaking, they represent about 40 percent of buyers in any given year.

Naturally, that means their wants and needs are important to anyone selling a home, including builders.


So what type of home are first-time buyers looking for?

According to a recent presentation at the 2020 International Builders' Show, there are some features and amenities large majorities of first-time home shoppers say they'd like in a house.

77 percent say they'd prefer to buy a single-family detached home with nearly 60 percent saying they'd like it to be in the suburbs.


What features and amenities do these first-time buyers want?

Well, for starters, they want:


✓ An open floor plan

✓ Stainless steel appliances

✓ A laundry room on the first floor


But though you might expect the needs of first-time buyers to be different from older house hunters, that isn't necessarily the case.

In fact, there were some items on their wish list that are popular with all buyers.

For example, younger buyers said they wanted


✓ More storage

✓ Energy-star windows

✓ Hardwood floors


All of which are perennial must haves for buyers of all ages.