If you are selling or are thinking of selling here are some things that are "IN" -
Houses that are priced right. - No explanation needed on this. Pricing is key and everything that is priced right - SELLS!
Savvy Buyers and Sellers. - Companies like Zillow, Trulia, HotPads, Easy Street, Realtor.com and any other IDX feed website are the IN thing these days. Buyers and sellers want to be in the "know" - they don't want to rely on me to give them all the information - they will research and research until they KNOW what xyz sold for and what abc is asking. Self educating on mortgages, home buying process and inspections.
Upscale Garages. - If you are thinking about selling - then one suggestion that I can offer is deck out your garage. Put up shelves, cabinets, heating extra electrical outlets and perhaps a mini fridge. (I know MY husband would buy the house just for this.)
Home Office (Instead of fourth bedroom) - Ding Ding Ding. Whenever I show a house that has three bedrooms and the fourth room as an office the buyers love it. They love the idea that if they feel like working at home, they can, even if their boss won;t let them - they have that OPTION should it ever become available, because they have an office at home.
Heated Patios, driveways and walkways. - SLAM DUNK! Trust me. Any house that I showed that had a heated driveway was a sold house! The owner who installs radiant heat will never have to shovel snow again- Just flip a switch.
Central Air (not forced hot air). - Central air is a winner as well as the radiant driveway. No air conditioner in the windows and the rooms stay at a constant temperature that you wish. Very high on buyers wish list.
Finished basements. - Everyone needs a place to put the kids and all their stuff. Most buyers have this at the top of their wish list. When finishing a basement, remember to make sure that your basement does not have any sort of water problems. (I know, you would think people knew this already - but you would be surprised - trust me.)
Finished attics (could be used as an office) - Remember this - any room that does not have heat (and most attics don't) is not considered or can be counted as a bedroom. So, if you finished off an attic and there is no source of heat to the room, then it is not or can not be called a bedroom, BUT - you can call it an office!
Room with colors. - Let's put a guideline on this. Some people out there do not love red - so be careful when picking out the colors. Any room that has color on the walls is a warmer room than one that is just painted white.
Creating an outdoor living space. - Imagine moving into a house that has included the backyard in the decorating. There is an outdoor BBQ space, paver's, and well manicured lawn. This is an area that most homeowners don't take care of but when I see a home that has a drop dead backyard - the home can demand and will demand a higher selling price. Utilize the yard!