COVID-19 is changing the lives of South African home buyers, with home buyer preferences shifting away from vanity features towards office space, gardens and balconies. With millions confined to their homes globally since March, home owners are placing greater value in work-from-home spaces and outdoor areas. Other items high on buyer's wish lists is a better space to cook and eat as well as space to exercise. "Being confined to our homes has highlighted the importance of home features that enhance our quality of life and make life more comfortable," comments Ari Hersch, Marketing Director at Adrienne Hersch Properties. Ari says an interesting trend that has emerged from the pandemic is that many home buyers are placing greater value on bigger spaces over locations. "With the virus forcing buyers to spend an unprecedented amount of time at home, many are prioritizing bigger outdoor spaces and a home office over an unbeatable location." He says the way people search for and view properties has also evolved as a result of the pandemic. "Technology has proven to be a major lifeline in helping clients search for and view properties during the COVID-19 outbreak. Virtual viewings, Zoom meetings and virtual valuations have enabled buyers to view properties from the safety and convenience of their homes." Ari says these technological innovations will stick once the pandemic has subsided as the industry evolves according to rapidly changing consumer preferences.