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What Buyers Want in a New Home: Top Must-Haves in 2023

Buying a new home is always a big step and can be very exciting. Imagine having this new, blank canvas to play with, add your furniture, your favorite pieces of art, and all the wonderful touches that make a
house a home!

Home Prices

Affordability is of course on top of the list. How much house can you afford and what kind of payments would you be comfortable with? There are many questions that need to be considered before venturing out with an agent and actively looking. With rising home prices nationwide, the majority of homebuyers are willing to compromise on the size of the home, outside features, and they accept more basic interiors. This, of course, does not apply to the luxury segment of the market.

The Layout

Open Concept is high on the wish lists!

Before it comes to the furnishing and decorating part there are a number of things that buyers are
looking for when they check out listings for their potential new home.
Did you know that, according to a recent study, 85 percent of homebuyers want an open concept
kitchen and dining room? If is clearn that open floor plans are a trend that is here to stay.

Outdoor Spaces

In Hawaii outdoor spaces are very important. Especially a covered lanai, or even a screened in lanai for relaxing hours of leisure, family gatherings, romantic dinners, or to have sunset cocktail.

We love to entertain outdoors! How about you? Build in grills, outdoor firepits, water features, all theway to pools and wet bars are a must-have for many great hosts and hostesses out there!

Dog friendly yards, all fenced in, are high on the list as well as ample storage! We do love our pets and want them to roam freely. And we have things. Many things at times that need a place, from linens to kitchenware, hobby materials and much more. Don’t forget about out water toys from surf and boogie boards, SUPs, kayaks or even boats!

Happy pets make a happy home!

Views and More

Energy Star Appliances are a must-have in todays market and even small kitchen updates can be a game changer that often reduces the time on market for new listings.

Homebuyers in Kailua Kona name ocean views on their top 5 list of must-haves in their new home. Be it wide and open, or even a glimpse through the tropical foliage. Being able to see our glorious sunsets from your own home is a big reason why people want to move here.

In my experience a house that is held in neutral colors has a greater appeal. The creativity can come after the purchase, but the warm, natural color scheme just shows well and is the most inviting. But what about that pool? Pools are a desirable feature, but due to the maintenance and extra cost, not a necessity. Hey, there is a big ocean out there with its very own wonders!

To all who are starting on a make-over of their home, keep those ideas in mind if you are thinking of selling your home in the near future! Get in touch with me for more ideas and tips!

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