The Region MAINE Condominium Trends Lifestyle Changes and Generational Differences [by Jack Carr, P.E., RS, LEED-AP] As our offices are involved in condominium projects all over the country, I have had the opportunity to directly observe what new condominium owners want in their condominiums and the common amenities attracting buyers. In addition, I thought I would share the new trends and elements recent surveys have revealed about the market. You might be surprised! The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released 52 CONDOMEDIA a survey listing the top eight items current condominium and HOA home buyers want in their new residence. These items ranged from 92 percent to 82 percent favored by those surveyed in the following descending order: n Unit owners want a separate room to perform laundry tasks such as folding clothes. n Exterior lighting is very important, not only for showcasing and curb appeal but also for personal safety reasons as more and more units are being purchased by women. n Unit owners want energy efficient appliances with Energy Star certification ratings; low water flow plumbing fixtures; and windows with Low-E and Low-U factors. They realize energy- and resource-sustainable systems not only are good for the environment but also keep the homeowner's living costs down.