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The features Washington D.C. home buyers wants the most

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Kwame Joseph Compass Realtor #NewHomeBuyersMustHaves

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According to a recent survey conducted by Bright MLS, buyers are seeking out open kitchens and open floor plans. Forty-five percent of agents surveyed say the demand for open concept is greater this year than last.

An open floor plan is by far the most requested feature in kitchens, with 89 percent of agents saying that their buyers ask for it. Agents say that granite countertops and stainless steel appliances remain popular amenities in the kitchen. Other popular features include double-island kitchens (12 percent) and niche appliances such as steam ovens and warming drawers (11 percent). Eat-in kitchens, wine refrigerators and quartz countertops are gaining momentum.

Features throughout the rest of the home finding favor this spring include first-floor master bedrooms. According to our survey, 38 percent of agents say that the demand for first-floor master bedrooms is higher than for second-floor masters. Other amenities gaining momentum include high-end kitchens (74 percent) and bathrooms (56 percent), followed by parking (39 percent), outdoor dining and entertaining spaces (46 percent), fireplace(s) (21 percent) and smart home technology (18 percent)

A few features have significantly lost popularity and may lower a seller’s home value in the competitive market this spring. Seventy-four percent of agents say an outdated floor plan tops the list. A traditional floor plan that divides a home’s space into many rooms can be a big disappointment. Other buyer turnoffs include laminate countertops (71 percent), popcorn ceilings (69 percent) and carpeting (53 percent). Once popular, these features now seem dated and serve as obstacles to buyers looking for turnkey, move-in ready properties.

Source: Mris