The past year has brought unparalleled attention to the suburban real estate market. Living close to work and short commutes are no longer a necessity when considering home options, as work from home becomes more and more adopted by companies. Pflugerville, Hutto, Leander and other surrounding cities have now become an option for home buyers who work in Austin.

As our lifestyles change, so does the list of must haves when searching for a home. Check out this list for three features that have quickly become the must have trends for buyers.

Space inside and out

Having ample room to work, play, entertain and relax, while still being able to be physically distant has made its way to the top of buyer’s must have lists. When searching for a new home, buyers are requesting that their agents assist them in finding homes that also include fire pits, outdoor kitchens and movie screens for entertainment, as well as homes that have plenty of space for home gyms, work offices and educational areas have become common requests.

Modern and move-in ready

As companies began to go into lock down, so did renovation projects. Trends are showing that homeowners aren’t interested in resuming or starting new renovation projects in the near future. Because of this, renovated homes, and new construction have become high demand. 

Time has always been a valuable resource, and it is even more important now. Home buyers have come to appreciate homes that are move-in ready, and are willing to pay a bit more for one that is. 

Having a home with modern technology, wired with the most up to date digital and automated systems, is the cherry on top for buyers, and a significant way to sweeten the deal.


Location has always been important, but with working from home being a new norm, location and proximity to work is no longer as important as it was before. Now, location and proximity to where time is spent during non-work hours is the focus. Being close to doing the things you love, rather than where you spend the most time, is a new and exciting option for home buyers to now have. 

As home buying needs have changed, Homes With Hall Realty is here to listen to your needs, and help guide you through the home buying process, to help ensure that the needs of you and your family are met. Contact us today, to learn more about how we can help.