August 20, 2019

Just like dating, we all go into home shopping with a list of things we'd really like in order to settle down. So when you find a place that ticks all of the boxes—or at least most of them—it’s all too easy to get googly eyes and fall hard.

But the truth is—just like in romance—some of the things you think you want will actually end up driving you crazy.

Before you sign your name on the dotted line of a home purchase contract, save yourself some heartache and remorse: Take a minute to browse our list of buyers’ most-wanted features—or, more specifically, the ones they wanted but end up hating later on. Are any on your wish list?

1. An open floor plan

Open floor plans have long been at the top of everyone’s wish list. But what’s it like to actually live in a house with one? To some people, it's a bit like living in a large echo chamber.

“Sounds are multiplied in an open floor plan; they don't offer sound protection,” says Laura Mineff, a Cleveland-based interior designer and owner of Array D...

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