I got my new REALTOR® Magazine today, and I've just started thumbing through it. I landed on a chart of "What's Hot" and "What's Not" for current trends. On the list, there were some no-brainers like the fact that people are liking Earth tones instead of the cold, modern look. Multiple photos within the listing are hot instead of just one picture, DUH!
Here a few that surprised me. I've read several places that Bamboo flooring was just a phase and that they don't hold up as well as once thought, but the research is saying they're hot.
Another thing on the list is that McMansions are out and "cozy, small homes on a big lot" are hot. WHAT? Where did they get that information? All my buyers want as big as possible for the money. Even empty nesters are buying bigger instead of down-sizing.
The main one that surprised me is that Granite counters are out. According to the research compiled, Marble, limestone, and concrete counters are Hot. Huh? Concrete? I thought tile counters went out because the mortar was a great place for bacteria to grow. Concrete aand limestone both bsorbs moisture too, don't they? Am I wrong? Marble counters in the kitchen? Marble goes in the bathrooms in my area. I'm not sure I want my Kitchen to look like my bathroom.
For disclosure purposes, this was not research that REALTOR® Magazine did. They just reported the findings from: Steve Melman, director of economic services, National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.; Bruce Wentworth, president, Wentworth Inc., a residential remodeling companyin Chevy Chase, Md.
Are these trends you're seeing in your areas? I can tell you Granite is hotter than ever! Hand-scraped hardwoods is the big thing to have, and Bigger is Better when it comes to house sizes in my current experience and market. Let me hear you!
Remember, I work all of North Dallas County and Collin County including Richardson, Plano, Allen, Frisco, Carrollton, Garland, Rowlett, McKinney, etc... my car will take us anywhere you need to go!!