Market Advice

Checking in With Treasure Valley Realtors on the Latest Trends

Article by Jordan Gray

Photography by Altius Group + CBH Homes + Alison Blake Group

Originally published in Meridian Lifestyle

Aaron Fagerson-Altius Group

Selling Points: A nice open and updated kitchen is the most important selling point. When sellers ask me where to spend money to get the most out of their listing, kitchen is #1 on that list, closely followed by bathrooms. Buyers are looking for many things. The items at the top of most lists are open floor plan, updated/modern kitchen, and bathrooms with a walk-in shower. An RV bay is huge these days. A lot of new developments are requiring builders to include an RV bay. 

Listing Prep: The most impactful thing, in my experience, is having the home professionally staged. It usually nets sellers an extra $10,000. First impressions are very important, so having a yard maintenance company come and trim bushes and trees and even freshen up bark or gravel to really make the yard pop is great. A professional cleaning of the interior of the home and windows is key.

Seller/Buyer Advice: Make sure to hire an experienced agent. Don't just hire the first agent you talk to. Interview two or three and look up their qualifications online. This decision can make all the difference in your experience during the process. Sellers will net more money and sell their home faster. Buyers will have a better chance of getting their offer accepted in a competitive market.


Ronda Conger-CBH Homes

Pantries, and Ovens, and Sinks, Oh My!: Kitchens are a popular focus, absolutely. Homebuyers are on the hunt for farmhouse-style kitchens with white cabinetry, black accents, warm barnwood style flooring, as well as mixing in gold hardware and lighting.

Desirable Features: We live in Idaho, drive trucks, and like toys: large garages are a must. The option of a full bath and bedroom on the main level is also in high demand. Designer features are always a crowd favorite. Think shiplap, barn doors, mud benches with hooks, and designer lighting accents.

Create Your List: The home buying process can be stressful. One thing we suggest is coming (up) with a small list of wants. This allows us to narrow down what will and won’t work for the buyer, whether that’s needing more space or downsizing. We have options.

Consider Updating Dated Décor: Dark colors, outdated cabinets, and appliances. And if in need of it, a fresh coat of paint.

Fixer-Upper Projects for After the Sale: Our buyers have shared fun front porch projects, DIY wine bars, and custom trim installations.

Buyer Advice: Don’t believe everything you hear (about the market). We have over 150 homes available across the Treasure Valley for quick move in. Interests are amazing and the time to buy is now.


Alison Blake-Alison Blake Group

Highly Sought-After Features: Wood floors (either real or laminate), a good layout, and a primary bedroom on the main is preferable. Good bathrooms and, depending on the price, at least one on the main, one primary and one upstairs. Most people would like a yard they can envision playing and hanging out in.

Foodie Central: A lot of buyers are looking for a clean, well-organized, updated kitchen. If the kitchen is not updated, then it needs to present well: freshly cleaned, painted, stripped-down countertops (i.e., remove the stuff!). It really depends on the price range.

Seller Advice: Highly consider staging, using a “Coming Soon” status to get more exposure, and professional photos. Consumers are so visual; the photos are the first impression. Also use a virtual tour!

Buyer Advice: PATIENCE! This is a tough market, but there really is a home out there for everyone. I strongly believe in homeownership for all. Buyers may have to put in several offers to get what they want, but it always works out! I have never had a buyer regret in the end the homes they missed. Also, get creative. I have sold many duplexes to people who are out-priced of the single-family market. They can live in one side and rent out the other to offset the payment.  

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