What are buyers looking for in a home?

With the spring market in full swing many sellers want to know—what do buyers want? Bright Chairman Jon Coile recently tackled this loaded question in an article for the Washington Post.

Open concept

Bright recently conducted a survey where 45 percent of agents said the biggest demand right now is for open concept.

Today’s buyer wants space—a blank canvas on which to paint their home sweet home. That means less closed-off, dedicated use space and more large, open rooms that can serve multiple functions.

Buyers get cooking

Another big item on the wish lists of buyers in the local market are updated kitchens. Buyers want the latest and greatest, including:

  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Granite countertops
  • Islands
  • Specialty appliances such as wine fridges and warming drawers.

Losing momentum

There are some features that could really hurt a seller in today’s market. Buyers are not interested in outdated flooring or carpet, laminate countertops, or popcorn ceilings. There was a time when these were the “it” features when it came to homes, but that is certainly no longer the case.

To read the full Washington Post article, click here.

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