It’s crucial to determine how well a home has been maintained over the years, says John McCormack, an agent in Albuquerque, N.M. "When a home is well loved, that always makes it feel welcoming and inviting," he says.
But as the Internet of Things continues to shape household design, real estate professionals may be presented with shifting ideas about character. According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), remodelers anticipate requests for add-ons like smart home automation and energy-efficiency over the next 10 years. Could the popularity of technology-based features give way to a new definition of character?
The answer is uncertain. But one thing holds true: a home’s character will remain, as always, a sign of the times.