Lisa - my first answer, regardless of any other factors, relates to how long you plan to own the place. If you're going to be there more than 5 years, pick what you like. The reason is because as you get close to 10 years old, ANYTHING you chose now will start to be somewhat dated. If you're planning to flip it or sell within a couple years, then the real question you want to know is what the comps have in them, and how it is or is not affecting their salability. The best way to answer that question is to get an agent knowledgeable about the area (maybe the person who was your agent when you purchased?) and ask them to run comps and give you feedback. Also, consider the exterior style of the home (traditional, colonial, contemporary) and try to make sure the inside of the house "matches" the outside. A super colonial style home just doesn't look right with a real funky kitchen (here I use funky in a cool, hip, kind of way). Do you know what I mean?
Good luck... and again, stick to your instinct. Buy what you like and what you can afford, only allow this other information to influence you so much.... more