Here are some top features that homebuyers are looking for in Houston

Do you have a house with a barn door, subway tiles and a game room upstairs?
If so, it’s more likely you’ll be successful at selling your home, according to a new report.
Zillow Inc. (Nasdaq: Z) analyzed thousands of home listings across Texas and found certain popular amenities and features likely helped sell homes faster and for more money than others.
Homes with features like barn doors can sell for a higher price — up to 13 percent more — and up to two months faster than homes that don’t have these amenities.
Here are some of the Seattle-based real estate company’s major findings for Houston homeowners:
Listings that mention the following words can be sold at a premium:
“Barn doors” or a rustic sliding door” — sold for 13 percent more than expected
“Shaker cabinets” — sold for 9.6 percent more than expected
“Farmhouse sink” — sold for 7.9 percent more than expected
“Quartz countertops” — sold for 6 percent more than expected
Listings that mention the following popular features are commonplace:
Game room upstairs (231 times more prevalent locally than nationally)
Solar screen (42 times more prevalent locally than nationally)
Frameless showers (5.5 percent of all listings that mention frameless showers nationally are in Houston)
As Houston’s housing market cools down amid the oil slump, Realtors and home sellers are looking for better ways to sell their homes. These tips may help agents and homeowners sell their homes faster and for more money, according to Zillow.

By: Paul Takahashi a Reporter at Houston Business Journal

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