A Few Nice Touches Win the Day

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Rock PoolIn determining which home among competing homes to select for their next place to live, many buyers are heavily tilting towards preferences which enhance their lifestyle. They may be looking for higher end countertops, fancier pools with spas, art niches, upgraded landscaping, better appliances, energy efficient water heaters and air conditioners, even outdoor kitchens. When you see the eyes of a prospective buyer light up over these "goodies" it reminds us while we live in a home to try to keep it up to date and remodel it with some cutting edge amenities along the way.

Not only will it make us feel good about our current homes, but it adds to its investment value and it's edge in the marketplace when it comes time to sell. It's the nice touches that give you the edge.


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Ray Nellum
Envision Real Estate Group, LLC. - Fort Smith, AR
Fort Smith Real Estate
Gary, great advice that's often overlooked.  The simple things can help to set a house ahead of the competition.
Mar 29, 2008 04:20 PM #1
Bill Exeter
Exeter 1031 Exchange Services, LLC - San Diego, CA
1031 Tax-Deferred Exchange Expert

Hi Gary,

It is so true!  I'll take the pool by the way.

Mar 29, 2008 04:22 PM #2
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty
Another reason why I enjoy working with buyers:  I really get to see what buyers look for in homes which in turn can help me when working with my sellers (i.e. "many buyers right now are looking for a home with a theatre room or wine cellar").
Mar 29, 2008 04:44 PM #3
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Gary,

Good info for buyers and sellers.

Mar 29, 2008 04:58 PM #4
Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA

Hi Gary,

You said it all. As long as the improvements are done the right way.

Mar 29, 2008 06:14 PM #5
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
Enen the little things make a difference!   Homeowners sometimes get really BIG ideas...start with things like update ceiling fans, light fixtures, door hardware, plumbing fixtures, etc.  Like you said, they don't have to be expensive, drawn out projects, just simple updating!  By the way - GOOD MORNING!
Mar 30, 2008 12:41 AM #6
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTORĀ®, Blogger, Principal BrokerĀ®, Owner
I think that it is critical that you enjoy your updates. No more of this fixup and flip it....
Mar 30, 2008 12:47 AM #7
Alicia Barrington
Houston Home Staging Presents Alicia Barrington

Another point, if you've done an upgrade, put a little sign on that upgrade, so that buyer's know it's there.  Or create a special brochure with the upgrades.  You can't give the buyer's too much information!

Have a Happy Day Y'all!

Mar 30, 2008 12:48 AM #8
Marzena Melby
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty - Richfield, MN
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate
In todays market, sometimes the differences can subtle.  Most of my buyers go for the home where they "feel at home".  Yes, they look at all the amenities and the value, but the right home usually stands out.
Mar 30, 2008 01:41 AM #9
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate
Gary nice post (and I love the pool) and I agree about the upgrades that may influence a buyer. I went on a listing presentation yesterday, and their upgrades really made a huge difference (i.e. wall fountain, landscaping, lighting).
Mar 30, 2008 03:03 AM #10
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Gary, I love the higher-end lifestyle. AND in Arizona, people really want a POOOOOOLLLLL!!! ;-) CUTE kitten!


Mar 30, 2008 08:14 AM #11
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Ray: It's the edge.

Bill: Glorious pools are so inviting.

Patricia: I like home theaters, so do many kids.

Lynda: I'm sure you've been seeing the same thing.

Mana: Remodeling has to be quality. I some poor installation of new flooring the other day.

Leesa: Small improvements do make a difference. I was writing this blog at a late hour you were right.

Charles: Enjoy the add-ons while you live there. No one builds a pool for someone else.

Tom: I've seen those signs and booklets. Great idea.

Marzena: "Feel at home" is a good way to target the right house for someone.

Sharon: Sounds like a beautiful house.

Teri: Aren't pools in Arizona mandatory?? : )

Mar 30, 2008 09:20 AM #12
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm
Hi Gary,  I've been thinking of upgrading our tile counter-tops to slab granite, but afraid of what styles might change before we sell someday...  Is that water feature in your yard?
Mar 30, 2008 03:18 PM #13
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Don: Countertops of tile OR granite are considered high end, it just depends what you like. In our area I think more people have preferred the smoother granite. The price has come down and there is such a variety of product in granite. That water feature is not mine but I have seen many similar to that in houses I have been showing lately. I'm hearing diving boards are going out as a feature possibly due to an insurance liability?
Mar 30, 2008 03:36 PM #14
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH
Keeping current is keeping up, The must haves ,and newest things without a doubt complete the sale, we are seeing many buyers looking for media rooms, game rooms,and toys that whistle and humm.
Apr 06, 2008 12:24 PM #15
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