According to the National Association of Realtors® 2011 “Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers”, first-time home buyers are willing to compromise more than repeat buyers when it comes to space and upgrades. While first-time buyers have wish lists too, they are most driven by finding a home that offers a reasonable monthly payment.
Overall, the top three things that buyers want are a great room instead of a formal living room, a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, and a laundry room. First-time buyers also want the same thing, but they are more likely to be satisfied with a small laundry room without an attached mudroom and a smaller master bedroom and smaller walk-in closet. First-time home buyers tend to rate energy efficiency high on their wish list.
One thing that first-time buyers are not willing to compromise on is buying a home that is in need of repairs.