From Exit Realty Midwest REALTORS in LeMars Iowa - Top 10 home trends that buyers want in 2016

The REALTORS at Exit Realty Midwest in LeMars, Iowa want local home buyers and sellers to seek the follow article recently posted by Inman News.  It offers great information on some of the trends we are likely to see in the upcoming months.  If you're getting ready to sell your home in LeMars, Iowa or surrounding area, please call one of our motivated REALTORS today to discuss if some of these ideas would be good for staging your home for sale!!

Gone but not forgotten are the avocado kitchens, the carpeted bathrooms and the sponge-painted walls. I’ll bet that some of you are still rocking one of those beloved trends in your home. You know who you are. But 2016 home trends are more on the clean living side.

There are many new trends that we’ll see this year including new pastel Pantone colors and smart appliances. Some will stay, and some will hopefully go — quickly.(I

These shifts in the marketplace are clear indications that manufacturers are listening to the end consumer. My advice to homesellers — you should be listening, too.

If your clients are thinking about putting their homes on the market this year and want to make a few upgrades, now is the perfect time to start strategizing.

Here are just a few key trends that savvy, sophisticated buyers will be gravitating toward when looking for their new home in 2016.

1. New finishes

Matte finishes will slowly replace stainless steel in 2016 and 2017. Don’t worry, they will still blend in with existing appliances such as stainless or black and white, but it will help the homeowner save money by transitioning their appliances over time instead of having to buy everything all at once.

The matte finishes have a bonus, too. They hide fingerprints, smudges and dirt, and they are easier to clean than typical stainless steel finishes.

2. Cushioned flooring

The days of cement flooring are out. It’s too cold and hard on the feet. Cork flooring is making a comeback. It now comes in a variety of colors and is much more comfortable to walk on than traditional wood flooring and ceramic tile.

3. Circadian lighting

This year, GE is expected to release its new smart LED bulb that can change the color of the light that’s emitted to sync with the body’s circadian rhythm.

“C by GE” uses Bluetooth connectivity to communicate with your smartphone so you can personalize your color temperature settings throughout the day.

It’s designed to sync with your sleep cycle. You’ll be able to set it to change from energizing white light during the day to a warmer, more relaxing orange glow in the evening.

4. Better water quality

The National Association of Homebuilders’ 2016 New American Home will feature a whole-home water filtration system, and I think that this will be an ongoing trend in new homes.

 

5. Simplicity and tech

Efficient, family-friendly layouts and open floorplans with smart home technology are going to be more popular than ever in 2016.

Today’s buyers are looking for homes that are well-designed with more space in central living areas, great flow and clever, built-in storage. And a large percentage of buyers won’t be looking for the huge, 3,000-square-foot properties anymore.

Smaller, smart homes are what tech-savvy buyers want — especially millennial buyers. They are all about respect for the environment, conserving energy and high-tech homes.

6. Less grout surfaces and a clean aesthetic

Luxury vinyl flooring and larger tile (12 -by-24 inch or 36-by-36 inch as opposed to 12-by-12 inch) will be a huge trend in 2016.

We’ll also see more of the larger 5-by-10 foot tiles in shower surrounds and walls in bathrooms. These larger, smooth surfaces not only have a simple, clean design aesthetic, but they also use less grout, which is difficult to clean and susceptible to mold and mildew.

7. Lower pile rugs

Fewer shags and more patterned carpets will replace the standard plush. Cut and loop will be popular in 2016 and beyond. Carpet pattern and texture increase the perception of quality and value in carpet and can contrast beautifully with smoother elements such as walls, counters and furniture surfaces.

8. Enhancing health with clean design homes

Your home is your personal ecosystem. With all of the healthy home products available to consumers right now, it’s possible to live in an environment that is beautiful, sustainable, energy efficient and safe with no sneezing or off-gassing.

Top trends will be fabrics that don’t hold dust, Quartz stone countertops that are lower maintenance with antibacterial properties and durability, mudrooms with benches where people can leave their shoes to prevent toxins from entering the home and under-mounted sinks, which keep things cleaner by not trapping bacteria in the lip of the sink.

10. Multi-family construction

Millennials and Generation Xers are likely to make up the largest portion of homebuyers in 2016. New developments are now thinking outside of the box by offering a wide variety of amenities such as pet-friendly facilities, observatories, luxury spa services, valet parking and on-site workspaces to appeal to this demographic.

We must embrace the progress train or we’ll get run over by it. Sustainable living and smart home technology is here to stay and is just getting bigger and better year after year.

If your sellers have smart home technology or clean living features, make sure you play them up in the listing, which is your only chance to make a first impression.

There are so many resources out there to help you stay on top of new technology coming to the market. Do your homework before you sit down with your buyers to make their homebuying wish lists.

Information from this blog was courtesy of Inman.com and Danielle Procopio.

Danielle Procopio is a Realtor and certified home staging consultant at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. You can follow her on Twitter(@affinitypropgrp) and find her on Facebook.

Exit Realty Midwest has agent ready and waiting to assist you in your next real estate transaction.  Please call one of them today to discuss your needs....because your needs are their #1 priority.  

 
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