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5 Must-Know Real Estate Trends (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/05/2012 1:58 pm

With the fall of the Roman Tub, a new era of "must haves" are emerging in the world of real estate and home design. Today, value is not found on a checklist including square footage or finishes. Instead, today's value comes from a holistic view of the home, based on livability and connection to the greater community.

Here the top five "must haves" in home design today:

1. Live-in value trumps resale value
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Trends come and go, and in the day, so could your home. Today it isn't guaranteed that you can sell your house at the drop of a hat, so rather than searching for 're-sale value' you will be better served to look for a strong 'live-in' value. Look for a home that meets your needs for today and in the future. If you are purchasing, ask yourself these questions:

• How long can I see myself living here?
• Does this home meet my needs now and will it still meet my needs in the future?
• Can I easily get to and from my daily needs outside of the home?
• Can I realistically afford to live here?
• If I can't sell this home in five years time, will it still meet my needs?
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