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what are the top 5 things buyers want in a home they are buying

  • June 17 2013 - Knoxville
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As long as we are painting with a broad brush, it depends on the gender of the buyer. The males tend to be more interested in the master bath than the kitchen and females vice versa but overall these are the two most important things in any house.

I guess it depends on what market you are in but granite is now expected. An educated buyer knows that's a simple mod compared to say, a garage that is smaller than was wanted.

Also schools, sq footage down, size of yard, etc can make or break deals.

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Buyer 1

1. Granite
2. Stainless
3. Hardwood
4. 48" Cherry Cabs
5. High Efficiency Front Load Laundry

Buyer 2

1. Feasibility of Floorplan
2. Light
3. Location
4. Value
5. Mechanical & Structural Soundness

There is no such thing as one buyer, but I'd reckon to say that most buyers fall on a spectrum between the two aforementioned sensibilities.

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timmer6616

buyers are looking for value for their money.  a home that is presented as close to a "new home" look and feel will sell quickly if priced right. 

no carpeting
a view
low association fees
pets allowed
high walkabilty and / or close to amenities

Buyers are selecting homes that offer the most value and move in ready condition. 

Homebuyers utilitizing FHA or USDA rural loans have to have properties without any deferred maintenance.  For example, a leaking roof will have to be repaired or replaced prior to closing or the money held in escrow and fixed within 30 days post closing.

Best regards,

Lynn Brock
Brock Realty Inc.
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Top 5:

Location

Good layout with lots of storage.

Good repair/condition and clean!

Appropriate size

Quiet neighborhood.   No freeway or other major highway noise, little airplane noise, no train hooting outside my bedroom window at 3 am.


It looks like you have control over one of those as a seller.    I consider granite/hardwood/etc  fluff because I can always change those. 
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Not an expert, but our home is on the market. We have the HGTV requisite granite countertops in kitchen and baths, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, etc. So, buyers want those, but our feedback in young but nearly full custom home development includes:

- Kitchen closer to garage. Yeah, our garage opens to the mudroom, and the open ranch plan has our kitchen on the other side of the house. Not a big house, but apparently lugging groceries is top in buyers' minds. Having lived in the house, it's never bothered us.

- 3 car garage (we have a 2-car for a 2-bedroom ranch)

- Uber landscaping, underground sprinklers, etc.

- Finished walkout basements (ours is an unfinished walkout with 4 full windows and a rough-in)

- Staged. We are, however, we had a stack of boxes in the basement for when we move, and a buyer said it looked too cluttered. So, apparently, staging still applies to that little corner of your basement.

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