9 Items Homebuyers Desire in 2011 (Part 2)

by The Real Estate Faction on April 25, 2011

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Rock-Bottom Bargains

Buyers “are more focused on negotiating, drawing limits in their mind and focusing on the strategy,” says Justin Knoll, president of the Denver Board of Realtors.

Some of it is a point of pride, he says. “They want to tell their friends and family that they really got a smokin’ deal.”

They “want value,” says Alice Walker, president of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors. “They are very picky. They’re just a lot more critical. They are not going to settle because they know they don’t have to.”

Her advice to sellers: Repair, update, clean and stage. “You have got to remove every obstacle possible for the buyers,” Walker says.

The more-for-less approach even holds when buyers consider bank-owned properties, says Joan Pratt, real estate broker, Re/Max Professionals in Castle Pines, Colo. “They want the short sales and the foreclosures and they want them to look like they’re owner-occupied,” she says. “They don’t want to paint. They don’t want to put carpet in. They don’t want to clean.”

And they’re surprised when they don’t find it, Pratt says.

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