5 Real Estate Pros On Must-Haves For Home


Real Estate pros share what’s topping their clients’ must-have lists in five hot markets across the country.

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Susan Breitenbach
The Corcoran Group, The Hamptons

Top amenities: Customers are looking for integrated indoor-outdoor spaces with built-in BBQs, pool houses, fire pits and even outdoor TVs.

Biggest selling factor: Location, location, location, or a uniqueness to the property, like sunset views, privacy or an incredible garden.

Who’s buying? Instead of moving out of the city, our clients are buying in the Hamptons and opting to use that property year-round.

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Frank Aazami
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Scottsdale

What’s hot in terms of design? Right now, it’s all about the clean look. My clients want to hide the thermostats, mount under-counter outlets, or better yet, use sensors for just about everything. Plus, they want smart home systems that are easy to use and operate.

Most visible market trend: We’re seeing a lot of all-cash sales recently, and our condo market is booming.

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Cindy Goldrick
Wilson & Goldrick Realtors, Austin

Choice amenities: Spacious, large showers are trending as well as wine rooms and virtual golf rooms.

What else is important? Walkability–people want neighborhoods that are close to work and restaurants.

Latest market movement: I’m seeing a trend toward a “lock and leave” lifestyle, where the client has a smaller house in Austin and a larger vacation home elsewhere.

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Arthur Korant
The Kendrick Korant Hung Team at CORE, Manhattan

What tops your clients’ wish lists? Apartments with unobstructed views and ample sunlight.

Where are they looking? We are seeing growth in South Central Harlem. There’s tremendous interest in the historic brownstones.

Hottest amenity: New developments are providing restaurant and hotel services to residents that harken back to the luxury buildings of the 1930s and ’40s.

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Emily Sachs Wong
Luxury Portfolio International, Chicago

Top things buyers are looking for today: New construction, modern finishes and a gray color palette. Everyone wants spaces that feel hip and new, but buyers don’t want to take cash out of their pocket to make updates. They want everything done for them.

What other design elements are trending? Gone are home theaters and wine cellars; people are now all about the opulent outdoor spaces.