Nearly a quarter of buyers said finding a home with one or more fireplaces was "very important" in their home-shopping decisions. By being knowledgeable about the different types of fireplaces, you'll be able to meet such needs with a prospective buyer. Here's a primer.
Thanks to specialized builders and remodelers, buyers can choose from numerous styles of log houses, from authentic rustic cabins to sprawling, luxury, high-tech homes. Here's a primer to help you and your clients understand the origins of log homes and stay current on the latest trends.
Some home owners make handicap-friendly modifications after they move in, but more homes are built from the start for owners who plan for the day when they may have bad knees, poor eyesight, or need to use a walker. By expanding your knowledge of universal design, you'll put yourself ahead of your competition.
The bathroom continues to be one of the most important rooms buyers consider when choosing a home. That's why home owners spend generously on upgrades to this essential space — adding more square footage, bigger showers, fancier tubs, lots of light, sitting areas, and upscale fixtures.
Your role as a real estate professional is to help buyers recognize the value of kitchens they view in homes and to help sellers show off their kitchen to its fullest — whether touting an efficient layout or the remodeling potential of an outdated space.
Buyers who favor the iconic Cape Cod can find vintage and newer examples far beyond New England's borders. For home owners enamored with the small-is-beautiful concept, the Cape is like a dream come true.
A well-designed landscape can be simple, but it can also encompass trees, shrubs, irrigation, hardscaping, and lighting. By making informed choices, home owners can tranform their properties, whether they're selling or just moved in.
When customers want to buy land and build a new house, or if they're considering an addition to their existing house, your knowledge of the prefab market can help them broaden their visions for a property.
Windows — the eyes of the house — give a home its special look from both the outside and the inside. The type of glass, framing, and window coverings can add a layer of appeal to a home. With these tips, you can ensure that windows in your listings will get noticed.
Many buyers plan to make changes so that property will better suit their functional and aesthetic needs. To help them, you first must learn about each of the three main approaches they can take: restoring, rehabbing, or remodeling.
For people who are passionate about historic homes and adamant about preserving a neighborhood's original character, teardowns are a major threat. When working with clients who are considering a teardown, you can help them evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of taking this course.
For many of today's buyers, the ideal home resembles a castle, reminiscent of fairy tales and royalty. However, when you get to the historical root of the architectural features, there's an aura of darkness and mystery.
A home with great architectural details should be able to sell itself. Make sure that distractions that could deter buyer interest are eliminated so that it's easy for potential buyers to say, "This is the one for me."
Bring attention to homes that have distinctive molding. And when working with buyers who want a traditional look — or who want a sleek modern look — help them understand how they could change the feel of a room by adding or removing molding.
It's important that you know how to promote your listings' air conditioning assets and counter objections when a home doesn't have a smooth-running system. Likewise, if you're working with buyers, it's smart to know the benefits and drawbacks of various options.
A potpourri of styles isn't a bad thing in the eyes of consumers. While some buyers may have their heart set on an authentic Victorian or a classic Bungalow, many are looking for a one-of-a-kind property that "feels" right.
Authentic lofts — with their high ceilings, open spaces, and expansive windows — are fetching prime prices in former warehouse districts, while developers churn out new variations of the popular style in cities and suburbs across the country.
There is not just one architectural style associated with the South. But Southern homes do tend to have one thing in common: charm, and lots of it. By learning about the roots of Southern architecture, you'll be able to spot influences and help buyers find a home that is elegant yet comfortable.
Townhouses gained popularity in the United States more than a century ago in urban areas where open land was sparse, though the concept is an ancient one. Modern variations are sprouting everywhere today, proving that it's not just a lack of land that's driving their buyer appeal.
Porches are a gracious transition to the indoors. They're also a much sought-after feature by today's homebuyers. To help buyers recognize the benefits of porches, start by learning the right terminology.
When your clients say they want a Frank Lloyd Wright home or that they like the Frank Lloyd Wright "look," you should know exactly what they mean. Learn about the many housing features made famous by Wright.
Arches come in many shapes and styles. But one thing is certain: An arch adds something special. By learning about the various types of arches, you can pinpoint a property's style and highlight their contributions to the overall aesthetics of the home.