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ROCKFORD — Home is not only where the heart is, it’s also where the office is for millions of Americans who continue to work remotely more than two years into the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has altered the wants and needs of homeowners and buyers, according to realtor John Broda, with eXp Realty, who said a designated office space in the home has become an essential amenity. 

“I just had a client who moved here from Texas and they closed on their property up in Roscoe,” Broda said. “What sold it for them was the husband has always worked from home and once his children started doing remote learning, he wanted a designated space where he could work and have the privacy he needs to do his job. But, also, when he’s done for the day he doesn’t have to pack everything up and put it away somewhere. It’s a designated work space.”