Sellers, particularly those with normal homes in ordinary neighborhoods, often fail to stress selling points in their listings that first-time buyers love. While the sellers may have grown out of their home, first-time buyers will compare it to their rentals; therefore, the listing should highlight extra closets, pantries, and other storage. They also should emphasize built-in closets, kitchen or garage organizer systems, bookshelves, and other items that will appeal to first-time buyers seeking a clutter-free lifestyle. Other amenities important to buyers include proximity to amenities, attractions, and major employers or universities; senior-friendly features that allow for aging in place, such as stair-free entrances, single-story layouts, and low-maintenance landscaping; “mother-in-law” units that provide space for aging relatives; energy-efficient features that can save buyers money; other green lifestyle features, like organic kitchen gardens or backyard compost bins; and natural, chemical-free, and hypoallergenic home maintenance, which is especially important for buyers with physical or psychological sensitivities to common household chemicals. | Read More