Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Luxury Market: Buyers vs.Sellers

The definition of a luxury house has changed over the years, but for the sake of our purposes in Westport, we generally refer to homes selling for over $2 million as falling into that category. Of the 382 single family properties currently on the market, half of the homes are listed at $ 2 m + and 71 are asking $3 million or more, with 37% of them in the Greens Farms/Compo area.
For those readers who may be thinking of selling in the near future, here are some things to keep in mind when listing your home.
Today’s buyers have access to much more information than you may have had when you bought your home. They will likely establish a list of homes that fit their ‘must-haves’ and then try to see as many of these homes as possible.
Many of these buyers are very comfortable with an Excel spreadsheet and they will then break them down by categories beyond the basic bedrooms, baths, and square footage, into subcategories such as yard features, curb appeal, special features, privacy, sports features, lower level amenities, etc. Emotional buying is being replaced by value buying.
Many of us focus on the interior changes that we’ve made to our homes. Don’t overlook the first things that potential buyers may see. Repair any cracks in driveways or broken Belgian blocks. Power wash walkways, patios and decks, mulch the flower beds, and make sure that exterior paint looks fresh.

4 Hilandale road listed at $2,400,000

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