Home Isn't Selling?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792
Fresh Flowers For the HouseIs your home for sale? Having trouble selling?

 You might want to think about doing a few things to update your house.

Even little things can make a difference, especially to a Home Buyer who is out looking at all the homes on the market today. There are plenty for them to chose from...so yours need to stand out above the rest! Fresh flowers are always a welcome edition...

The Home Buyer is looking for something that stands out from the rest of the houses for sale. PRICE is key...make sure that your house is priced correctly.

Mark Nash, a Chicago area Realtor and author of "Real Estate A-Z for Buying and Selling a Home", surveyed 900 real estate agents and Brokers to find out the latest trends of the Home Buyer....

Here are the 6 Hot Home Design Trends for 2007

  1. Bright colors, glossier finishes and grader statements
  2. Big Tumbled stone fireplaces are in, over-sized mantels, long, glass pendant chandeliers 
  3. Sub zero Refrigerator integrated into kitchen cabinets with pull out drawers
  4. Floors of slate or Terra cotta, recycled wood from old barns and weathered metal and glass
  5. Luggage room to keep travel bags
  6. Second laundry room, one right in the master suite.

These are theDon't Do's that Home Buyers Don't Want:

  • Bowl type above counter bathroom sinks
  • Cut down on the glass door kitchen cabinets
  • Bar Counter Tops Must extend out a full 12 inches
  • Don't leave windows without molding
  • Don't use concrete block exterior walls in construction

More Home Trends

  • Home Buyers want Upscale Garages with cabinet and storage systems, matching refrigerators, air conditioning and residential looking flooring
  • Home Buyers want an additional room for projects or just a place to go chill
  • Rejuvenation rooms for exercising, meditating, yoga, sauna and fancy steam showers.
  • Heated patios, walkways and driveways (for those living in colder areas)
  • Snoring Room that is 12x12 in a master suite for the person who snores (you gotta love that one!) 

Trends On their way OUT:

  • Spiral Staircases, too hard for Baby Boomers, children & pets
  • Bamboo Flooring, they warp and are easily scratched
  • Hardwood laminate flooring, can't handle multiple sandings, change color, stains are not easily removed.
  • Added by Active Rain Members - Entertainment Centers
  • Added by Active Rain Member - Concrete Counters 

Want to remodel? Here are some things to consider before remodeling:

  • One of the key elements when remodeling is to add 10% to the total budget for any miscalculations, or national disasters that would effect the pricing of a particular item.
  • Three bids are imperative for any remodel job. More than price, be sure to check on references so that the job will get done correctly and on time.
  • Be realistic when determining the final date of your project...things will go wrong so be sure to allow ample time for delays.

The 3 elements of any remodel are cost, quality and time.

Who knows, after the remodel you may love your home all over again and decide to stay.

Are there things in YOUR area that Home Buyers seem to be looking for or no longer want in a home?

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Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
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Patricia, that's my favorite, too! Interesting that you found the same problem with the bamboo flooring. According to Randy and Ann it apparently matters where the Bamboo is coming from as to its durability. I'd love to hear more about that.

Linda, absolutely right. Home Staging definitely makes a huge difference and for those with a limited budget, paint is the way to go!

Al, now I'm not even a fan of any staircase...what was interesting is that the spiral staircase is so FAR OUT that the author and those interviewed recommend ripping it out. Glad I don't have a spiral staircase!!

Oct 02, 2007 04:54 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
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Virginia, smart girl! That's one way to solve the problem!

Heather, the concrete walls were discussed in terms of leaving them exposed on the exterior (being ugly) and needing to be sealed every 3 years...definitely OUT!

Jim, absolutely you are right...price is KEY, in all segments. Paint is an option for the lower end in order to bring in some in colors.

Oct 02, 2007 04:59 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Connie, it sounds like you got a kick out of the list...some are most interesting. The heated outdoor areas are for the segment of the country that gets a lot colder than CA., in order to extend the period of outdoor use and keep that ice off the sidewalks. Thank the Lord that isn't an issue, here. Looks like you loved the snoring room as much as I did!

Brett, thanks. Always good to keep up with what the IN and the OUTs are.

Alan, your welcome. Anything to help these sellers ... we need to get some homes sold!

Oct 02, 2007 05:04 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Rick, glass doors for kitchen cabinets have been around for awhile but some folks have over used this and Home Buyers don't want to clean all that glass plus they also don't live a life of transparency...nor do they want to. I personally would never want glass doors on my Kitchen cabinets.

Jennifer, I wonder if the basement laundry room was there first and the folks added the second. This seems to go along with having 2 dishwashers...lots of company and or loads of laundry from family living/guests. Are you seeing this in new homes as well as older homes as an addition?

Debbie, you are right. Stainless Steel is on its way out. Too hard to clean and too cold looking. Also, any shiny metal finishes, antique and brass are out...brushed nickel and pewter are in.

Oct 02, 2007 05:14 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Janice, totally agree about the entertainment centers and yes, I will post it in a Home Staging Group if possible.

Kevin, that's a definite...remembering of course that Home owners want to entertain outside as much as possible so it's a good idea to have a gas pipe installed for the BBQ and possibly an outdoor fireplace incorporated into the backyard landscaping.

Oct 02, 2007 05:19 AM #29
Rainer
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Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY
Gena - thanks for the great tips!  This is a great resource.  
Oct 02, 2007 07:12 AM #30
Rainer
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Steve Volkers
SVG Real Estate Firm - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate
Thanks for the post. I am going to email this to my seller. It a tough market and these tips are great.
Oct 02, 2007 07:26 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Maureen, glad you can use it.

Steve, hope it helps your Seller.

Oct 02, 2007 08:18 AM #32
Rainer
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Jeannette Morrison
Cedar Park,Leander,Georgetown & Lake Travis Areas. - Cedar Park, TX
Central Texas Real Estate, NW Austin, Round Rock

Gena,

Great tips.  Thanks for sharing your insight with us!!!

Oct 02, 2007 02:55 PM #33
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Dean Rinker
This post says it all at the very beginning... "PRICE IS KEY."Even a chicken coop in the worst part of town will sell if it's priced right. Of course, a seller can address all the right issues, but if the property is not priced right, it won't sell. In real estate, it is said "Location, Location, Location" and that's certainly true. However, even if it's a bad location, it'll sell if it's priced right. So, also keep in mind, "Price, Price, Price."
Oct 02, 2007 02:56 PM #34
Rainmaker
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Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento
Gena... as always, you are such a great resource and always offer a wealth of information here on AR. Did you hear that white appliances are coming back?... yikes!
Oct 02, 2007 04:24 PM #35
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Gena - Seems like most buyers are demanding a formal home office, or two. And those media niches the builders added just a few short years ago are too small for today's very large screen TVs.

Jeff

Oct 02, 2007 05:31 PM #36
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Jeanette, your welcome. It will be interesting to see what 2008 brings.

Dean, oh yes, price is key.

Lori, cabinetry refrigerators are really what is in but white wins out over stainless for sure..

Jeff, yes dual home offices are needed and of course the entertainment centers are out.

Oct 02, 2007 06:37 PM #37
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Gena - It is important to keep up with the trends so we can keep sellers informed.  Great list I will keep bookmarked for reference.
Oct 03, 2007 01:23 AM #38
Rainer
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Becca Briggs
Rochester, NY

Great Info!  Thanks

Becky

Oct 03, 2007 01:31 AM #39
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Jennifer, glad you found it helpful and soon there will be more to add to in the coming year.

Becky, glad you found it useful.

Oct 03, 2007 05:09 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Sandi Bauman
Chico Homes Real Estate - Chico, CA
Chico CA Realtor
Gena-  great list...  always interesting to hear other perspectives.  Did anyone talk about travertine flooring, and I missed it?  That's a big plus for upper end homes around here...
Oct 03, 2007 06:40 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
Sandi, I would tend to agree with you on that one. The focus seems to be on wood, though.
Oct 03, 2007 08:32 AM #42
Rainer
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Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
So it still seems that redoing the kitchen will help raise the value of your house. My next project. -Charles
Oct 03, 2007 08:05 PM #43
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
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Charles, yes kitchens and bathrooms along with adding square footage are the items that always bring more value.
Oct 04, 2007 03:49 AM #44
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