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Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever


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For years, we have all heard about the most desirable home features buyers are looking for, from upgraded kitchens to master suites, remodeled bathrooms, and more. The latest on the hotlist, however, might surprise you: home offices.


In a recent article by George Ratiu, Senior Economist with realtor.com, he points out how listings with an office are selling quickly:


“As more companies have been embracing remote work, buyers are driving demand for houses with home offices higher. Homes featuring the term ‘office’ are selling 9 days faster than the overall housing inventory.”

Today, more and more people are working remotely, and that is not just because the current pandemic is prompting businesses to operate virtually. According to the same piece and the most recent data available, the number of employees working at home was fairly steady from 1997 – 2004, but has been climbing ever since (see graph below):



Clearly, the work-from-home population is growing, and technology is making it possible. Just last month, according to an article on Think Google, searches for telecommuting hit an all-time high, and that is certainly not a surprise given our current situation.


People all over the U.S. are looking for answers on how to be most effective at home, and it’s making the ideal office workspace more and more desirable. In fact, best practices from seasoned work-from-home professionals, like Chris Anderson, Senior Account Executive at HousingWire, believes that having a dedicated space is a must for productivity.





With today’s increasing demand for home offices, it’s a great feature to highlight within your listing if you are selling a house that may meet this growing need. From bright natural light with large windows to built-in bookshelves or a quiet and secluded atmosphere, whatever makes your office space shine is worth mentioning to buyers when you are ready to list your house.


Ratiu concludes:


“For housing, the continued increase in the share of remote workers implies that demand for homes with offices or dedicated work spaces will continue to increase. The current coronavirus pandemic offers a dramatic indication of the fact that companies and employees will have to develop plans and clearer policies for remote work beyond the current crisis.”

Bottom Line

Remote work may become more widely accepted as this current crisis teaches businesses throughout the country what it takes to function virtually. So, what seems like a business challenge today may be more of the norm tomorrow. Keeping that in mind, if you have a home office, your house may be more desirable to buyers than you think.


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