As difficult as it may be to believe, we are just two short months away from 2019. The popular real estate myth is to wait until the Spring to start looking for homes, but there are many good deals to be had before the end of the year. If you have been actively house hunting over the past year you have probably noticed a handful of common trends. The focus on living rooms and basement space has shifted to updated kitchens and bathrooms. Instead of thick carpeting in every bedroom, hardwood floors are now preferred. Some of these trends may appeal more to you than others, but they are not going away any time soon. Here are five popular property trends to keep an eye out for in 2019.
Hardwood Floors.You don’t need to be house hunting to know there has been a major shift in preferred flooring. It wasn’t too long ago that carpet was the almost unanimous choice of flooring. Somewhere in the last decade there was a shift to hardwood flooring and in recent years it has exploded in popularity. In fact, it is almost unusual to see a new home without some kind of hardwood flooring throughout the house. Not only does hardwood have a classy look, but it is easy to clean and doesn’t retain stains like carpet. With dozens of hardwood options to choose from, this is a trend that doesn’t appear to slow down any time soon.
Updated Kitchens.The kitchen has replaced the living room as the central part of most homes. Think about where people congregate when you have people at your home. The odds are they hang out in the kitchen more than any other room in the house. A case can be made that the popularity in cooking shows has helped push people to be amateur chefs. Most buyers want a center island or ample space for all their cooking gadgets. Buyers notice the countertops, backsplash and cabinets more today than ever before.
Yard Space.There is a difference between acreage and useable yard space. Having an acre of land sounds great, but if all you do with it is cut the grass, it doesn’t hold much appeal. Buyers would rather have space they can use in any capacity over extra land. Most buyers want an outdoor area where they can entertain or relax in the summer months. A pool seems nice on the surface but in states with limited hot weather this can be more of a hinderance than a benefit.
Street Activity.A house can be perfect in every way, but if the street activity is high it doesn’t hold the same appeal. Buyers with small children don’t want to have to worry about their kids playing in the front yard. They also don’t want to hear cars zip by their house at all hours of the day. This doesn’t mean every buyer wants to live on the end of a cul de sac, but many do prefer quieter areas over busy ones.
Energy Efficiency.One of the newest trends for 2019 will be an increased focus on energy efficient homes. There is a good chance you have seen more homes with solar panels in the last year than ever before. Not only do energy efficient homes cut down on electric bills, but they increase the useful life of the mechanicals in the home. With energy costs on the rise, buyers are looking at long term solutions to lower their bills.
Property trends and fads have a way of changing over time. Which one of these fads do you think will still be around by the end of 2019?