How important is a microwave for resale?

Asked by Trulia Miami, Miami, FL Wed Feb 13, 2013

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marc jablon,…, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Fri Feb 15, 2013
If you are purchasing a home in Miami, the microwave in and of itself is not that important. What is important is whether or not the lack of one leaves a gaping home in the kitchen facade.

If the home is old enough, then it may simply have had a microwave resting on the counter. No one will miss this. But if the microwave was built in and is now missing, it looks odd to the buyers.

Nonetheless, the Miami home price is not likely to be dramatically affected by the lack of a microwave oven.

If you are the owner of his Miami home for sale, spend t he money to put one in. The cost of the microwave and the installation will be more than offset by the money you receive in return.

Marc Jablon, The Jablon Team
RE/MAX Complete Solutions
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Meg Sahdala, Agent, Coral Gables, FL
Wed Feb 13, 2013
It does not affect the selling price at all. If it was originally present and would be missing during the showings and closing, it might be an aesthetic issue and reason to questions. Kitchen is the very first area buyers pay attention to, as every day life revolves around the kitchen.
Selling agent might suggest to replace the missing microwave as the cost is barely a $100 and if the seller doesn't want to do that and for some strange reason it would jeopardize the deal (almost impossible but you never know!) as a selling broker I would get it for my buyers as a house warming gift :)

Best Regards,
Meg Sahdala

Vivienda Miami Real Estate Group
Tel: 305.877.2880
Fax: 305.675.3976
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Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Wed Feb 13, 2013
An updated kitchen that features an "Over the Range Microwave" is more functional and attractive. Therefore and because the kitchen is such an important focal point for many Buyers an "Over the Range Microwave" will be of importance to the sale.
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Steven Epste…, Agent, Coral Gables, FL
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Not very, however if the style of home expects it you will detract from the desirability if there's a lot of similar homes for sale, i.e. your competition.
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Charles Rori…, Agent, Grants Pass, OR
Wed Feb 13, 2013
The microwave itself, is not important at all when it comes to selling real estate, unless you advertise it as an 'inclusion'. Microwaves are relatively inexpensive and easily replaceable.
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Nadine Mauro, Agent, Lake Worth, FL
Wed Feb 13, 2013
There are many beautifully updated homes without a microwave.

Many people have no use for them, and others can't live without them.

Unless there is a place where the microwave is "obviously missing, removed, or inoperable", there should be no problem.

As stated by Meg, you can always buy one for the buyer as a housewarming gift.

Nadine Mauro
Highlight Realty
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