With all of the real estate signs that are up, you wouldn't think this would be a title that is necessary. However, my buyer clients are not finding the homes that they need with the present inventory. Many of the homes are short sales or foreclosures, with much needed work. Buyers would rather find a home, that has been cared for, updated and maintained.
My current listings are selling and I will need to refill the stock on the buyer's shelves. The homes that seem to be the most requested are either ranches, colonials or capes. Garage, one or two, is definitely on their list. You can understand with our winter weather, coming again soon, that buyers are considering homes that offer garages, first.
Other first requests on the buyer's list are, updated kitchen w/newer appliances, updated baths, hardwood floors, newer windows and a nicely landscaped yard. There are other considerations, but, those are the top requests that I have had, recently.
If you haven't updated your home, in the last five years, I would suggest that you start now. Home equity loans have very low interest rates and would offer you the opportunity to increase the market value of your home.
Location, Location, Location - continues to be the best attribute your home can have, no matter what the market trend may be. However, the curb appeal matters. Update your outdoor living space, as well. Make it look refreshed and maintained.