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What would you say are the most typical wishlist items for a Sacramento home buyer?

Asked by Trulia Sacramento, Sacramento, CA Thu May 2, 2013

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Jaime Becker’s answer
Well there is always a wishlist. Whether or not they will be able to get those items depends on how much they qualify for, how much money they have and the area they are looking.
On most buyer's wishlists are updated kitchens and bathrooms. They would prefer the flooring and the paint to be in good condition as well.
This is what most buyers are looking for when they walk into a home.
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It really depends on a lot of things such as whether the buyer is a first-time homebuyer or a move-up buyer. Trying to close concurrently by making a contingent offer is very difficult if not impossible for many buyers, so for them, just being able to buy another home, period, is on their wish-list.

It depends on whether the buyer is looking at homes in newer tract subdivisions (0 to 10 years) such as Natomas or Elk Grove or Lincoln, versus looking at homes in our older established neighborhoods, especially those near the city core such as Land Park, East Sacramento or Curtis Park. The wish list for those can flipflop.

Probably near the top of a buyer's wish-list is for a buyer's agent to listen to them, respond quickly to their needs, to know the answers to their questions without having to ask a higher up for advice, to be honest and straightforward even if the news might be painful and to always put the buyer's interests above and beyond the agent's interests.
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Some things are assumed to be included in the home that they would wish for: a 'nice' neighborhood where they can feel safe and secure, in close proximity to things that are important to them. Those items may be their work location, particular schools, airport, or special interest areas such as a local park, hospital, etc. As always mentioned, location is often the most important criteria for a Sacramento home buyer as with any other home buyer.

What is on more home buyers wish list these days is a two car garage or more, a master bath, and a large general living area. Formal living and dining areas are often a thing of the past. Many convert these into another function such as a play room, or reading area, and the space is often not part of the core living space so easy for a buyer to give up. As Sacramento has so many months of beautiful weather, it's often that the size of the yard- small or large, is an important consideration as well.

What is often unique among some homebuyers is the number that are looking for a multi-generational homes. Some have aging parents who will be living with them. Some have grown children who have moved back. So within our current economic or social times, there is often more conversation with a homebuyer on the need for separate private areas, such as a master bedroom away from other bedrooms, a downstairs bedroom and bath, or separate common areas so that some could be doing separate activities in the same household.
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Wish list...
-3 or 4 bedrooms
- 2+ bath
- updated baths and/or kitchen
- max sq ft for least amount on $
- nice size backyard
- good schools
- nice area.

It also depends on the buyer's financial situation. Some buyers can't get a FHA loan due to repairs and condition of the house. Others don't mind getting a 203K loan or conventional loan.
For each their own..

Nancy S Bergman
Realtor - Lyon Short Sale Certified
Property Manager
DRE # 01893550
Lyon RE Downtown
2801 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Primary: 916-400-1355
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