Learn about the latest on the residential style horizon so you can help clients meet their own needs as well as those of future buyers when it’s time to sell. - BY BARBARA BALLINGER
Housing styles emerge slowly and typically appeal first to cutting-edge architects, builders, and interior designers. As a trend spreads and gains wider interest, it may go mainstream, become almost ubiquitous, and eventually lose its star power. Just look at once-favored granite, which now has been replaced by the equally durable and attractive options of quartz and quartzite.
The economy, environment, and demographics always play a big role in trend spotting. But this year there are two additional triggers: a desire for greater healthfulness and a yearning for a sense of community.
For first-time home buyers who scrimped and pinched to save a viable down payment, the last thing on their mind is taking on a rehab project. But since entry-level homes are scarce, buyers who are desperate to get their hands on something move-in ready might end up paying a lot more for a starter than they anticipated. Or, they might be open to seeing a less-than-perfect home as a diamond in the rough.