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Features That Get a Home SOLD!

Posted: July 09, 2018 by Honor Rudd

It is no secret that the market today is hot, hot, HOT--but in our booming region, there is still a good amount of inventory, and that means there is competition among homes for sale, and a need to appeal to what buyers want most. We asked our agents what buyers are looking for today, and what we can do to catch their eye. 

**Spoiler Alert** a screened-in porch with a fan will go a long way in this steamy season! 

“It's the old rule - kitchen and master bath sells the house. A walk-in, nice shower and a double vanity is a feature buyers are looking for right now. The tub is questionable, some must have one and some don’t care. The kitchen should be spacious with a nice island and a lot of counter space. Detail touches make a difference, as do upgrades.” 

“I see great enthusiasm and many requests for gas stoves.

“Granite counters are still considered a strong upgrade, and colors should be tastefully neutral, which makes spaces look larger, and more open. Add some potted flowers near the entryway, and you've just invited imagination!” 

“Buyers love a screened in porch with a ceiling fan! It can provide outdoor living and dining areas that really add value and comfort to a home. Upgraded kitchens and open concept living spaces are in high demand.” 

“So many are watching reality TV home shows, I feel it is imperative to declutter, stage, and have your home spotless to get your home sold. I am accredited home stager. I know I work my dear customers hard, but they also see and know what a great difference it makes. Staging does not always mean it will cost you money and a third party comes in. Yes, that is one way, but together with my clients, we go through every room of the house, move furniture, take furniture out, and then put many of the little things away. Afterwards I have a professional measurer, and photographer come in. Once everything is completed, then together we sit down and determine a price. My feature is in preparing, not adding.”
--Nora RuehleHampstead Office

“My buyers are all asking for open concept living, stainless appliances, gas stoves and tiled showers. Flooring is also critical. Carpet is OUT. The more wood the better, especially with more allergy prone people. If you do have wood, make sure it is the same, or close throughout in color. Paint walls in neutral colors and if there is wallpaper make sure it isn’t peeling at the seams. Lastly, a screened porch with a fan.” 

Master Bath. 218 Sea Gull Lane, Wilmington. Listed by Jessica Edwards, The Carolinas Finest
Kitchen with Gas Stove. 5825 Harbor Breeze Drive, Wilmington. Listed by Sherwood Strickland

Granite Kitchen Island. 413 Dungannon Boulevard, Wilmington. Listed by Shane Register.
Screened-In Porch. 1027 Chadwick Shores Drive, Sneads Ferry. Listed by Irena Kohler.
Staged Livingroom. 822 Wine Cellar Circle, Wilmington. Listed by Nora Ruehle
Hickory Oak Plank Floors. 308 Whisper Park Drive, Wilmington. Listed by Doug Kesling & MaDonna McMahon.

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