There was a great article at CNN Money that highlighted what unusual amenities home sellers in different parts of the country are highlighting in their MLS listings to try to spark interest from buyers. According to data compiled by Trulia, these uncommon features are appearing in MLS listings up to 10 times more often in some parts of the country as compared to others.
Take a look at this list of 15 communities and the more unusual features that are appearing in their local MLS listings. You never know, if you’re a seller you discover you have something to highlight in your MLS listing or if you’re a buyer, you could find a new feature that you’ll want to include in your home search!
Lanai – Hawaii. A lanai is an open-sided porch that might be called a veranda or portico in other parts of the country. A lanai is a big selling point for those seeking Hawaii real estate that invites the Pacific wind inside the house.
Stone Walls – Fairfield County CT. This region is well-known for its stone bedrock and its stone walls. The stone walls are a holdover from the old farms that helped to establish the local communities. Modern and original stone walls are a great selling point for homes in Norwalk CT and surrounding communities.
Mirrored Closet Doors – Ventura and Orange Counties in California. Are people seeking homes for sale in Huntington Beach CA particularly narcissistic? The popularity of mirrored closet doors in southwest California probably has more to do with a big demand for homes that were built during a time when that was a widespread feature.
Whole Foods – San Francisco CA. Close to a third of people with homes in San Francisco don’t have cars, which means many residents grocery shop on foot or via public transportation. That would make it a big advantage to be close to a favorite market.
Coffered Ceiling – Houston TX. A coffer is a sunken panel that is used as a decoration. This sort of dropped ceiling can serve as a convenient place to route an air conditioning duct. It can also add a touch of luxury to a Houston TX home without spending an arm and a leg.
Kitchen Island – Phoenix AZ. What’s with the kitchen island, Phoenix? This term appears in so many Phoenix MLS listings. It is believed that this became a hot feature during the housing boom, when many of the local housing stock was built.
Storm Shutters – Palm Bay FL. Storm shutters are popular term for Florida MLS listings for both buyers and sellers, and who could blame them? This area of Florida is visited by frequent hurricanes, making storm shutters a huge advantage to home owners.
Steel Siding – Omaha NE. People with homes in Omaha NE have their own natural disasters to dodge. In this tornado-prone community, steel siding is the treasured feature for buyers and sellers.
Heated Garage – Milwaukee WI. It’s not exactly a natural disaster, but cold has a noticeable effect on home buyers and sellers in the northland. For Milwaukee WI MLS listings, heated garages are a must-have.
Glass Block Windows – Buffalo NY. Glass block windows are known for both their insulation and security, while still letting in light. And they aren’t unattractive, either. That must be why glass block windows appear in so many Buffalo NY MLS listings.
Hearth Room – Memphis TN. A hearth room is simply a room that has a fireplace in it, whether it is a kitchen, a living room or a dining room. It’s popular in Memphis TN MLS listings, but really, who wouldn’t want a hearth room?
Roman Tub – West Palm Beach FL. Roman tubs are a little, well, slippery. The definition may vary, depending on who is looking. Generally, these tubs are designed for soaking, and tend to be larger than a standard tub. Roman tubs are a popular feature appearing in West Palm Beach FL MLS listings.
Solar Screen – Fort Worth TX. If Texas is anything, it is sunny. So of course it makes sense that solar screens are incredibly popular in Fort Worth TX MLS listings. Seems like an easy enough home improvement to make before listing a home on the market in Fort Worth.
Mother-in-Law Apartment – Salt Lake City UT. Mother-in-law apartments are more popular in Salt Lake City MLS listings than anywhere else in the United States. It’s not hard to believe when you consider that the state has the largest average family size in the nation, according to the Census Bureau. Having a mother-in-law nearby to help with the kids probably sounds like a great idea!
Though not all homes in these areas have these features, it’s important for real estate agents and homes sellers alike to know what features buyers are focused on. That way when they create the MLS listing for the property, they know what types of keywords to include in order to increase the chances of selling the property.
What sorts of features are you looking for when you buy your next home? What features are you highlighting as you try to sell your home? Share your answers in the comments below.