Most young buyers look for homes that are low maintenance, says Cardillo, who points out that low-upkeep features such as wood floors (as opposed to carpet) and granite countertops are seen as positives for this generation because they're both attractive and relatively hassle-free.
Cardillo says he sees a generational shift toward a society that's more "disposable," where homeowners prefer to replace rather than repair.
"Most young homebuyers grew up watching their parents spend weekends with their honey-do lists, or they had chores to do on the weekends," he says. "Most young buyers are not going to follow in their (parents') footsteps. They don't want to do that stuff. … They want their weekends to themselves and don't really want to be cleaning gutters or cutting the grass."