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Do You Know What Buyers Are Looking For in Your Home?

It’s no mystery that when a prospective buyer is in search of their next nest egg, they've got a mental checklist of features that they look for in this new home.  The absence of desirable features could mean a missed offer on your home.  How can you as a seller determine what buyers are looking for?  Knowledge and preparation are the keys to snagging the sale you've been waiting for.

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First and foremost: Location is king.  Buyers’ interests change from area to area in order to meet the geographic needs and societal preferences of the area.  For example, in 2013 the National Association of Realtors (NAR) compiled a "Profile of Buyers’ Home Features Preferences" and concluded that buyers in the South are sticklers on central air conditioning (naturally), while Northeast and Midwest buyers are more interested in houses ready to efficiently accommodate our cold winters.

Along with location, age and marital status of a buyer will come into play in the home-buying decision.  The NAR determined that single men were more likely to aspire for a finished basement while single women along with Americans over 55 sought out single-story abodes.

We’ll make it easy for you -- here you will find the top home features that today's buyers are willing to spend extra for:

·         Garages

·         Walk-in closets

·         New kitchen appliances                               

·         Central air

·         In-law suites

Considering buyers usually move within 10-20 miles of their current residence, you’d be wise to regularly assess the demands of your location and make the necessary adjustments to your home.  Ensure you’re targeting your local audience perfectly by trusting the sale of your home to a real estate agent.  Contact me today to get started.

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Five easy tips for sellers

Five easy tips for sellers We want everyone to see the charm and possibility of a property. A few easy steps help buyers see themselves in your home:

1. Homes almost always show better with light. Open the shades and turn on lights where possible. 2. Check out the neighbors. Open houses and model homes in the area will give you an idea of what your competition is offering. They may also provide a few ideas you can steal for yourself. 3. Give each room an identity. By creating a clutter-free mudroom, organized home office or kids space for school work with chalkboards and desks, buyers imagine the benefits of this space on their lives. 4. A little curb appeal goes a long way. Trimming bushes and branches, raking leaves and select coats of paint can go a long way to translate to buyers. 5. Houses need baths too. A power wash can go a long way on older homes, especially in our climate.

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