Top 15 Home Features That Will Sell Your Home Fast—and for More Cash

Dated: 04/08/2019

Views: 89

It's one of the (many) high-stakes gambles of homeownership: that awesome new feature or design improvement you've been wishin' and hopin' (and of course savin') for might ultimately hurt, not help, your place's resale value. After all, times and tastes change, and eventually most homeowners will become home sellers. So how do you know that today's sleek, new quartz countertop won't become tomorrow's eye-scorching popcorn ceiling on the open market?

Relax, we're here to help you suss it out. Realtor.com®’s data team searched to find the home features that can help folks sell their home the fastest—and for the best price. We narrowed our list to the items found in homes with the highest list prices that went under contract the fastest. It's a high-value sweet spot.

There's plenty on the line here. Homeowners spent more on upgrading their homes in 2017 than in any year since 2006, according to the most recent Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University study—an average $12,361 in discretionary spending. Much of that went into upgrading kitchens and bathrooms, the top room remodels, according to home design website Houzz.

“Anytime a buyer can walk into a house and see it already has the features they want, that's a huge bonus for the seller," says Anna Maria Mannarino, who runs her eponymous interior design firm in Holmdel, NJ. "If buyers feel they need to add key features or designs, they're going to calculate how much it will cost and then lower their bid."

To figure out the top home features, we dug through more than a million single-family home listings on realtor.com in February. We calculated a median price and days on market for each abode with one or more of the 70 popular features we evaluated for this ranking. Features in homes that took longer than 84 days to sell, the national median, were cut from our list. We also eliminated amenities, such as high ceilings, that are difficult—and expensive—remodels.

Top 15 Home Features That Will Sell Your Home Fast—and for More Cash

So what are the most profitable home features for sellers hoping to close quickly? Here are the big 15:

  1. Chef's kitchen/gourmet kitchen 
  2. Theater room
  3. Home gym
  4. Three-car garage
  5. Solar panels
  6. Quartz counters
  7. Exterior lighting
  8. Tennis court
  9. Home office
  10. In-ground pool
  11. Mudroom
  12. Security system
  13. Fireplace
  14. Smart home features
  15. Walk-in closet

Want to know what your home is worth? Get your free no obligation home value report and neighborhood comparables here. 

At The Cassidy Ann Real Estate Team, we can personally attest to this list as we have active buyers with many of these features on their wish lists. If you are considering selling, please contact us - we may already have a buyer looking for your home! 

Source: Realtor.com

Blog author image

Cassidy Calman-Gibson

Don't buy or sell without C.A.R.E. With The Cassidy Ann Real Estate Team, the real estate practice is not just about buying or selling a home. It’s about representing your greatest asset to your gr....

Latest Blog Posts

Top 15 Home Features That Will Sell Your Home Fast—and for More Cash

It's one of the (many) high-stakes gambles of homeownership: that awesome new feature or design improvement you've been wishin' and hopin' (and of course savin') for might ultimately hurt, not help,

Read More

Can You Buy a House With No Down Payment?

Can you buy a house with no down payment?Yes, you can. “Paying 20% down is, quite frankly, a myth,” says Karen Hoskins, vice president at NeighborWorks and bearer-of-great

Read More

5 Factors for Pricing Your Home

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing

Read More

What Should You Check During Option Period When Buying a Home?

How to Check For Potential Issues When Buying a House Whether you are a veteran homeowner, or a first-time home buyer, doing all the research you can helps to ensure you don’t make any.

Read More