Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com (Keller Williams of Central PA)

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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
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No..they want a family room, media room and no formal dining or living.

Feb 26, 2017 05:04 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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No. Very rarely. Popular here are open floorplans with virtually no division between kitchen and living area.

Feb 26, 2017 05:37 PM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
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Seems to be a bit age dependent but most of my buyers want a "big" kitchen and great room.   I can do without the formal living room but do like a nice dining room.

Feb 27, 2017 04:16 AM
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Susan Emo
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Yes, most of my Buyers demand both. 

Feb 26, 2017 07:47 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Very rarely here Maria Sapio  but I would say that people purchasing homes in the upper price brackets usually get a formal dining and living room.

Feb 26, 2017 06:16 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Formal dining rooms are not a common request any longer. Buyers often want a family room/eating area/kitchen more commonly. But it varies by price point, too!

Feb 26, 2017 05:49 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
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 Most of the new builds are "open plans".  This may be more on the part of the builders, to save costs.  Traditionalists still want family, living, dining.

Feb 26, 2017 08:16 PM
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Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

No formal dining these days.

Feb 26, 2017 08:10 PM
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Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
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I was showing a buyer, single 30 YR old a nice home with a formal living room and dining room and he turned to me and asked ..."what do I do with that space?  I had to laugh and said what about a game room, home theatre or pool table or something like that...so it's only space and rooms.  Pay no attention to how it's decorated or currently used.  

To answer the question; no I don't think they want rooms used as such but they do like the space and to turn it into a space that they will use.  

Feb 26, 2017 05:23 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Maria,

It really depends on lifestyles, I have seen all types of rooms in different areas.  A

Feb 26, 2017 05:17 PM
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Depends on the individual

Feb 27, 2017 05:00 AM
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Jeff Pearl
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Some do, but most prefer open floor plans where everything blends.

Feb 27, 2017 04:31 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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They always say a formal dining room is a waste of space.... and yet, I've yet to find a buyer who'll buy a home without space for more formal dining. Living rooms not as important and being replaced by studies/home offices.

Feb 27, 2017 04:24 AM
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James Dray
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Not so much unless it is a high dollar home

Feb 27, 2017 04:21 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Premiere Plus Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

Large dining rooms are popular with a great room in lieu of a formal living room.

Feb 27, 2017 04:15 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Not so much any more...

Feb 27, 2017 04:08 AM
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
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Not in my experience... why pay the upkeep on a space that is rarely used?

Feb 27, 2017 04:01 AM
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Praful Thakkar
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Maria Sapio - working with different buyers - some of them look for a condo, and they don't care if there is a living room or not! And some spend a lot of money and do expect the living room as well as formal dining room.

I think most of us work with buyers with different needs. Nothing to do with the area - just my two cents.

Feb 26, 2017 11:03 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Formal dining, yes.  Formal living - they prefer to add French doors and use the space as an office.

Feb 26, 2017 09:28 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
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Good question. From my experience, rarely does the request for separate formal dining and living rooms are requested.

Feb 26, 2017 09:25 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Both, they want an open plan where all rooms are flawing into each other. 

Feb 26, 2017 08:53 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Unless we go above around 3500 SF the answer is no.

Feb 26, 2017 06:38 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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They want both of these rooms though they will probably use neither for those purposes. I hear them say they will use them for offices and playrooms, home school rooms or music rooms.

Feb 26, 2017 06:28 PM
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Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
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For the Average/Medan price range, the big and open Kitchen + Family room is the more popular option

Feb 26, 2017 06:16 PM
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Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-284-9826
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The majority of the buyers I work with really like an open concept where the kitchen opens up to the living area and dining room area.

Feb 26, 2017 05:40 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Most often families want a family room and a living room, not so formal but one of the parents and one for the kids use. When it comes to dining, a dining area is requested more than a formal dining room, but in upscale homes it is a must 

Feb 26, 2017 05:08 PM
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Roy Kelley
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The dining room is still expected in the higher price ranges but most are rarely used. We could do without our dining room and our living room and I expect many others could as well. 

Feb 27, 2017 05:00 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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Very few care about a LR

Feb 27, 2017 04:59 AM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
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Our market, buyers preference of an open floor plan. No need for formal living rooms. 

Feb 27, 2017 04:34 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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Some do, yes; others don't care,  even when building. It's interesting, because even though not many people use those rooms, especially LR's, if there is a family room, they still reject homes that don't have them, thinking of resale value.

Feb 27, 2017 04:22 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
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In my area, most want an open floor plan for the kitchen/dining/living areas. I find very few want a separate and formal dining room or formal living room.

Feb 27, 2017 04:03 AM
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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
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Formal living room? Yes.

Dining room? In a 2-3 bedroom house, sometimes. In a 4 or more bedroom house, always.

Feb 27, 2017 03:32 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
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Not in the last 10 years.

They want great rooms.

Feb 26, 2017 09:58 PM
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Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

Very interesting variety.

Feb 26, 2017 08:52 PM
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William Feela
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No real rhyme or reason right now.

Feb 26, 2017 08:43 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
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Many people have different tastes.

Feb 26, 2017 07:57 PM
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Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
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Each buyer is different.  So yes, I get some that require both.

Feb 26, 2017 07:41 PM
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Bob Crane
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I think that the rooms are still valued, but likely used for different purposes than they were in the past.

Feb 26, 2017 06:16 PM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
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It depends on the buyers of course but some want more open and contemporary floorplans.

Feb 24, 2018 04:13 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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It depends.  On the buyer.  On the price point.  On the location.  On the floor plan.   

Mar 02, 2017 01:21 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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No, the great room is the preference!

Feb 28, 2017 05:54 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Probably more not needing the formal dining room.  In fact, some are using it for their home office and removing the chandelier.

Feb 28, 2017 07:51 AM
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Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
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No, they are looking for open concept. 

Feb 27, 2017 07:31 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Still a must in out area.

 

Feb 27, 2017 06:05 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

It is not a huge preference here - getting into the higher end luxury homes still at least have a formal dining space but for the most part people don't want them in the average home and want a great room.  We did see builders start using a space that can be formal living, dining or office space depending on how the buyer wants to use it with larger french doors or something that gives the ability to keep it open or close it up depending on the use. -Kasey

Feb 27, 2017 05:40 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
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No typically they want an  'open concept' floor plan.

Feb 27, 2017 03:30 PM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
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Not really.  Buyers are wiser and more conscious of usable space around their house. Many builders are building Great room - combo living room and family room.

Feb 27, 2017 03:26 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Only the trade-up market insists on the formals. Today, it is function that counts along with pricing. People can always tradeup

Feb 27, 2017 02:41 PM
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Most do not ocassionally some do and that is more in certain ethnicities because of the way they  socialize!

Feb 27, 2017 12:49 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Formal dining rooms tend to be out, although they want a dining area.  The open concept is big and is in direct conflict with the "formal room" concept.

Feb 27, 2017 12:42 PM
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Barbara Todaro
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yes...no one uses that living room, but they all want it for resale purposes!!!! people expect it to be there.... actually, the home I sold once the family was grown and gone, had a 30' living room and we had a black laquer baby grand piano in it.... a nice piece of furniture that fit perfectly in that sized room....

Feb 27, 2017 08:09 AM
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Each buyer has their own requirements.

Feb 27, 2017 07:44 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
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No.  Family rooms and eat-in kitchens are the big play with the buyers that I serve. Great Rooms and media rooms are nice too.

Feb 27, 2017 07:37 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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Open floor plans for houses and condos are the rule

Feb 27, 2017 07:05 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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Yes in the midwest, still want it.

Feb 27, 2017 06:25 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Not really here in Florida, but that is a selective choice by many buyers from the north used to traditional home styling.

Feb 27, 2017 06:17 AM
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Nathan Gesner
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Most people are still interested in the open floorplan. Formal dining seems more appropriate for entertaining and I'm too busy dealing with kids and homework.

Feb 27, 2017 06:13 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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Fewer and fewer, but some still like to have them.

Feb 27, 2017 05:56 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
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They do not specify, .....

but when it's missing,........

.. they react as though the world is about to end.

Feb 27, 2017 05:55 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
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That is the preference

Feb 27, 2017 05:17 AM
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Gita Bantwal
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It depends .

Feb 27, 2017 03:25 AM