Real Estate Trends: Redfin Agents Tell Us What’s HOT and What’s NOT

HOT NOTIt’s no surprise that homes with “hot” features tend to sell faster than homes that have less desirable attributes. Knowing if your home is hot or not can help you determine your list price.

“If your home is full of features that are NOT hot, you may want to consider doing some basic remodeling work or lower your expectations for how fast it will sell and at what price,” says Dallas-based Redfin real estate agent Carmen Jones.

With that in mind, Redfin surveyed 435 of our real estate agents across the country to find out what the biggest real estate trends are right now. Here are the features that are hottest among homebuyers, and those that may keep buyers away.

Here are the features agents say are HOT among homebuyers…

  • Open floor plans
  • Turnkey homes (homes that are move-in ready)
  • Granite in areas such as bathrooms or kitchens
  • Upgraded windows
  • Locations near public transportation
  • Energy-saving appliances
  • Large closets
  • Updated lighting fixtures
  • Two-story home with a bedroom on the main floor
  • Wood floors

And those that are NOT…

  • Popcorn ceilings
  • Carpet
  • Lack of parking
  • Small kitchens and bathrooms
  • Minimal amount of natural light
  • Dated homes
  • Wallpaper
  • Low ceilings
  • Limited storage space
  • Loud location on a busy street

Which of these features is a deal breaker for you? Tell us in the comments below!


  • SecurityGem

    Low ceilings for sure! A few of the deal breakers would be easy to fix but low ceilings would be a big job but of course it all boils down to location and price.