Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563 (1 Month Realty)

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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Affordability

Apr 16, 2017 06:59 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I dont know the most important thing for buyers, I wish that I did.

However I think that renting has always been more expensive than buying, mostly due to tax loopholes and laws that oppress landlords and force them to charge more just to survive.

Apr 16, 2017 07:02 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I don't think the rates going up will have a significant impact.  If it priced someone out of the market, they might not have been the strongest buyers to begin with.  With rising prices, I'd say value for the money and being able to make the payments would be the best "features" for buyers.

Apr 16, 2017 10:09 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

They live in the payment, not the price so the cost of money is always a concern.

Apr 16, 2017 09:30 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's all about value! Different buyers want different things but it comes down to their perception of getting what they want, or can live with, for the price thay can afford

Apr 16, 2017 08:33 PM
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Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com

Being able to find a decent home in the buyer's price range is probably the most important thing to them in this market.

Apr 16, 2017 07:53 PM
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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

I was inspired by  Mary Yonkers but will tweek the answer to Value.  Prices are going up so fast, buyers think they are getting ripped off in a sellers market

Apr 16, 2017 07:47 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Diana,

I think that Mary Yonkers made a great point. A

Apr 16, 2017 07:34 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I can't name just one as it seems the bueyrs want it all and in their price range. Sometimes it is difficult.

Apr 16, 2017 07:24 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Interest rates want to rise but will wait for the economy to catch up. Buyers should buy anything and just trade-up later. Same with renters. Small places priced right anywhere will turn-over. Now is the time to buy or sell

Apr 16, 2017 06:51 PM
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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

As always, the most important thing is location. Buyers are also still hoping to find the mythical seller who hasn't been educated on market value so they can get a great deal.

Apr 17, 2017 03:27 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

In my market - perceived value and the ability to win in a likely multiple offer situation.   

Apr 17, 2017 01:24 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

First impression as we drive up...

Apr 16, 2017 08:31 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

We're not a sellers market here - nor is it a buyers market

And we have lots of inventory

Apr 17, 2017 05:36 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Rising interest rates MOTIVATES, not discourages buyers.

What a buyer finds most important depends on the buyers situation.

First time buyer

New construction buyer.

Move up buyer

Arrival buyer

Downsizing buyer

Prestige buyer

Each of these have a different 'most important' regarding the house they can afford.

Apr 17, 2017 05:10 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the kitchen is always the most important room....

Apr 17, 2017 05:07 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No one thing... what's important can vary as much as the buyers vary in their needs. Good neighborhoods and good schools are always at the top of any buyer's list, in general. Buyers really want a move-in ready house these days, as well.

Apr 17, 2017 03:58 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Diana Dahlberg - to best of my knowledge (and experience, too), it is Kitchen.

Apr 16, 2017 11:40 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Each homebuyer is looking for different things.

Apr 16, 2017 09:29 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Diana Dahlberg, here the #1 feature for the past 2-3 years has been outdoor living space. Master on the main level is probably #2 and totally updated kitchen runs a close third. I have fewer and fewer buyers who have any interest in making ANY changes at all to a home - they insist on move-in-ready!

Interest rate increases haven't kept my buyers from making a move but, for a few of them, it has changed their price range a bit. I'm sure by the end of the year, we'll see more buyers who are majorly impacted by the interest rate hikes.

Apr 16, 2017 08:16 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I think as long as interest rates stay under 5 we are good, go over 5 we will slow and at 6 we may gring to a halt. 

Apr 17, 2017 05:48 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It varies by buyer and location.

Apr 17, 2017 05:38 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Mary Yonkers nailed this one!

Apr 17, 2017 04:54 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The kitchen.

Apr 17, 2017 02:46 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

It's all about value! Different buyers want different things but it comes down to their perception

Mar 26, 2018 05:23 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Mary Yonkers and Nina Hollander provided great answers!

Apr 17, 2017 07:35 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Just being able to find something that meets their needs and is affordable.

Apr 17, 2017 06:27 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Kitchens

Apr 17, 2017 06:25 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Kitchens-=; Always!

Apr 17, 2017 06:08 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Depends .

Apr 17, 2017 05:51 AM
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emily millercs
Free lancer - Adams, IL
Belive you can and you're halfway there!

May 03, 2017 11:58 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Updated homes, especially the kitchen and master bathroom.

Apr 19, 2017 06:23 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Still a/c is a must.

 

Apr 18, 2017 05:13 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Right now it is getting ahouse to buy in their price range.

Apr 17, 2017 05:22 PM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

For the first time ever upgrades has become important to many buyers.  It should be location, yard size, future investment in my opinion.

Apr 17, 2017 04:00 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Depends on the buyers. 1st timers are looking for something vastly different than upper end buyers.  No to interest rate......

Apr 17, 2017 09:15 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The buyers I work with remain focused on what they need in a home. # of bedrooms, bathrooms, open space, storage, etc.  They just keep at it until they get into contract.  

Apr 17, 2017 09:12 AM
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Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Affordability and value for what they are buying.  Prices for value are out of balance in our market. 

Apr 17, 2017 07:00 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

updated kitchens

Apr 17, 2017 06:44 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

When a buyer need to buy, they tend to buy without worrying about interest rates. When they hit the "hot button" they move forward!

Apr 17, 2017 06:30 AM