In the real estate industry, EXIT Southeast brokers and agents are interviewed by area media on subjects from rising home costs and home buying trends to new construction. Check out these great stories.
Kids Play Major Role Parents’ Home-Buying Decisions
Homeowners today are taking their children’s needs and wishes into the home-buying process more than ever. Millennial parents in particular seem to be a bigger part of this trend, according to a recent Tennessean article, with nearly three-quarters of them saying their kids influenced their home-buying decision.
Lauren Bonavenia, part of the Bodden Sister Team at EXIT Realty Music City, helped a Nashville family find their next home in the Middle Tennessee area which needed to be kid approved, have more land a kids’ play area and more square-foot space for the family as a whole.
“They want a great environment for the kids, but Nashville is a great town and they want to stay close,” Bonavenia explains about Kendre Dolan and Josh Helton’s family’s new home. The family made the decision to move from Wedgewood-Houston to Lebanon.
Parents want a home that comes with a kid-friendly seal of approval. Baley Bodden, The Bodden Sisters Team at EXIT Realty Music City, noted people without children are also buying homes with their future families in mind. Two of the top aspects these buyers are interested in are outdoor yard space and an exceptional school zone.
Do you think your kids play a major role in home-buying decisions? To learn more, visit the article here.
Are Built-In Bunk Beds Functional for Homebuyers?
Recently in the home buying and homebuilding process, there has been an increase in requests for built-in bunk beds as either a fun space for families or for guests. Highlighted in a recent Tennessean article, Laura Grzegorczyk, Realtor with EXIT Realty King & Associates, was asked her opinion on the functionality of bunk beds during the home buying process. Grzegorczyk says this need for built-in bunk beds varies from client to client, with an added value for the larger families.
“For other buyers, it will be something they view as negative that has to be ‘fixed’ after closing,” she says. “It also depends on the layout of the home. For example, a larger more custom home that has multiple bedrooms with built-in bunk beds may be appealing as an extra, added upgrade.”
This trend is fairly new and is continuing to grow. Design inspiration website Pinterest, has played a pivotal role in the home design process with buyers “pinning” built-in bunk beds during the design process of their future homes.
Do Barn Doors Impact Resale?
Adding a sliding barn door to the interior of your home can add style and a little character to your home. One of the most recent questions in the design world was whether or not barn doors can add value to a home during the buying process.
Realtor Monte Mohr with EXIT Realty in Cool Springs, weighed in on the subject saying he agrees barn doors are unique and often artistic, but do not necessarily add value to a home.
“I think barn doors fall into the category of personal enjoyment,” he says. “You have to be okay with enjoying them yourself, but I wouldn’t consider it an investment.”
Others believe people have chosen to incorporate these in their homes because of the additional space these doors provide, by freeing up space a traditional door might take up. An additional bonus is the artistic touch these sliding barn doors can add to a home. To learn more, read the article here.
Sumner County Market Continues to Offer Affordable Homes
Home prices have continued to increase across the Middle Tennessee region, but Sumner County continues to remain affordable for the housing market.
Derrick Miller, broker with EXIT Realty Garden Gate explains prices are slightly rising across Sumner County, but at a slower pace compared to other counties in the region, making it a great value option for homebuyers.
Sumner County is located just thirty minutes outside Nashville and can save homebuyers close to $50,000 to $100,000. People don’t mind making the commute to save some money, buying houses out in Portland, White House and Gallatin.
Sumner County home prices average at $319,821, while homes in Davidson County average at $406,125.
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