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5 Things Homebuyers Are Looking For in 2018

After a tumultuous 2017, those looking to sell their home will be happy to hear that the National Association of Realtors reported a 3 percent increase in home sales through February.

Home sales are expected to rise at a steady rate for the remainder of the year, so it’s a good time to make sure you’re ready to sell.

To ensure your home sells and at a good price, it’s important to keep in mind what homebuyers are looking for. Read on to discover the top 5 features today’s homebuyers are looking for.

Curb Appeal

Never underestimate the value of an aesthetically pleasing exterior!

Curb appeal is one of the most important factors to homebuyers in every age range, so make sure the outside of your home looks pleasing to the eye. Those looking to add some value to their home can boost curb appeal in a few easy ways.

Fix up any cracks in the driveway, repair any damaged roofing, keep greenery well-maintained, and add plenty of exterior lighting. It may seem like a lot, but it’s worth it. Boosting your home’s curb appeal through landscaping and basic repair can net up to a 1,000% return on your investments.

Extra Space

Homebuyers absolutely love extra space. Be it an extra room, closet, or exterior storage, the more space you can add to your home, the faster it’ll sell.

However, it’s understandable that not every home has a spare room. In that case, finishing the basement is a great way to add some usable square footage to a home.

Stage it as a guest room, living room, office, or even man cave or she-shed. The modern buyer wants space and lots of it, so stage appropriately.

Energy Efficient Appliances

Within the last few years, you’ve probably heard of companies like NEST or Energy Star.

These companies produce energy efficient products that can drastically reduce the cost of everything from lighting to heating and cooling.

Installing smart thermostat or energy efficient bulbs is a fantastic way to cut down on energy costs, and can save buyers over a thousand dollars per year.

Outdoor Living Space

The San Diego area is known for its great weather. And now, with spring in full bloom, families are looking to spend more time outside.

Homes with outdoor living spaces such as a patio or deck tend to sell more quickly than those without them. Outdoor spaces are particularly appealing to young families and those with pets.

Price Flexibility

Today’s homebuyers are more well-educated than previous generations. Thanks to internet research and hours of HGTV, they understand that sellers are often willing to haggle.

Try and be flexible when it comes time to sell your home. Understandably you want every penny you can get for your home, but buyers have plenty of options. An openness to negotiation can go a long way.

Now that you know the top five things buyers are looking for, what do you think? Does your home have some of what’s listed?

If so, and you’re considering selling, be sure to get in touch today. I’m dedicated to getting you the most money for your home. You’ll be amazed at how easy and fast the process is!

If you found this blog helpful, you might also want to read, 3 Benefits of Using a Home Stylist to Help Sell Your House Faster”.

Want to learn more about what San Diego has to offer? Sonja Huter is a premier specialist of luxury real estate in greater San Diego. If you’re in the market for properties in La Jolla, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and other elite coastal communities in North San Diego County contact Sonja Huter Real Estate today!