What's Hot and Not in Home Features

By Paul Hillstrom, last updated 5/28/14 08:14am

  • Paul Hillstrom of Hillstrom Real Estate talks to Will Gowdy at Sunday Kitchen and Bath about granite countertops.
    Photo credit: Helen Triolo
  • A recent Sunday Kitchen and Bath project featuring granite countertops and a lot of natural light.
    Photo credit: Sunday Kitchen and Bath
  • Will Gowdy of Sunday Kitchen and Bath showing a sample of woodgrain tile to Paul Hillstrom of Hillstrom Real Estate.
    Photo credit: Helen Triolo

Wow, the grass is green and the temperature is rising. It was the long-awaited start of the spring market, but now we are quickly approaching the summer heat. Overall the market is going strong but the projection for the balance of the year is a sense of steadiness; low inventory is benefiting sellers with stronger prices but at the same time buyers are facing tighter financing and affordability challenges. If you'll be putting your house on the market in the near future, here are some things to consider.

What's Hot and Not in Home Features

What are some of the most popular home features luring home buyers? A national real estate brokerage surveyed its agent members to find out what the biggest real estate trends are with home features.

According to the survey, real estate professionals identified the following features as the most popular among home buyers:

  • Open floor plans
  • Move-in-ready homes
  • Granite in areas such as bathrooms or kitchens (see our photos from Sunday Kitchen and Bath above)
  • Upgraded windows
  • Locations near public transportation
  • Energy-saving appliances
  • Large closets
  • Updated lighting fixtures
  • Two-story home with a bedroom on the main floor
  • Wood floors

The survey revealed the following home features are not popular with home buyers:

  • Popcorn ceilings
  • Carpet
  • Lack of parking
  • Small kitchens and bathrooms
  • Minimal amount of natural light
  • Dated homes
  • Wallpaper
  • Low ceilings
  • Limited storage space
  • Loud location on a busy street

Thinking of making changes to your home? Are you considering a move? We at Hillstrom Real Estate would be glad to discuss how to make your home more attractive to buyers.

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