1. Energy Efficiency: 94% of new homebuyers rated Energy Star appliances as their most wanted new home feature. An Energy Star rating of the whole home appeals to your prospective buyers' desire to maximize savings (9 out of 10 would prefer a reduction in their bills over homes without these features that cost less) AND reduce their carbon footprint.
INSIGHT INTO ACTION: Traditions of America takes prospects "behind the scenes" during their Live Better Now events. By touring homes under construction as well as models, future buyers can see energy efficient features built into each home (and certified by a third-party). Trilogy, the active lifestyle communities from Shea Homes prominently feature the "No Electric Bill Home" on their website homepage.
2. Organization and Storage: Who doesn't want help in this area. Laundry rooms, garage storage and walk-in pantries all ranked very high with prospective home buyers. This is especially critical for many Boomers and Seniors who are downsizing when moving. Providing options for storing treasures will allow your buyers to keep what matters most to them in the move.
INSIGHT INTO ACTION: Make sure model homes showcases all the ways buyers can keep what matters most to them in the move. Arm your Design Center professionals with a variety of organizational selections/upgrades that they can offer buyers. You can even team up with local transition specialists and offer discounted services to help make the move less stressful.
3. Think Outdoors: Exterior lighting, a patio and front porch all rated as tops among buyers for outdoor features. Think of the whole house, inside and out as potential areas for entertaining. A large living room area is nice, but a quaint outdoor sitting area will capture the minds and hearts of your prospects.
INSIGHT INTO ACTION: The Green Company includes whimsical descriptions of its outdoor features on its floorplans, emphasizing this unique selling point.
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At the beginning of every week we share the most engaging content from the previous week. First up this week, an 81-year-old woman developed an iPhone application having only learned to use computers when she was 60.
Then, an article from NextAvenue.org discusses the various ways retirement will change in 2017.
Every Monday, we recap the most engaging content from the previous week.
This week, we take a look at a MediaPost article that breaks down characteristics of the different generations of media consumption. Also, an article posted on the National Public Radio website explains how age discrimination in the workplace has become digital.
Happy Monday! Each week we explore the mature marketing news that received the most interest and clicks the previous week. This week is all about mobile marketing.
First, we'll explore mobile usage among boomers and seniors by way of a report from Edison Research, and then we'll take a look at mobile marketing as it relates to what MarketingSherpa found were the most disliked advertising avenues.
This past week I was thrilled to join the Mid-Atlantic 55+ Housing Council to share opportunities and insights for marketing 55+ communities to the mature consumer. I always learn so much when I join the council, and this event was no exception.