Parents are on the hunt for homes with kid-friendly features such as treehouses and nearby parks, resulting in faster sale times. Features selling homes the fastest focus on the outdoors, such as a backyard, sandbox, and playground. These features sell homes about four to five days faster than expected, according to Zillow. And other features for kids are selling for a premium. Treehouses bring in 2.2% more money than listing prices. Zillow notes that sellers shouldn’t go running to add any of these features, but if they have them, it’s time to flaunt them.
Buyers likely don’t need to be told that in a hot housing market like the one we’re currently in, highly desirable homes are flying off the market at breakneck speeds. And homes with these family-friendly features are being snatched up even faster — contributing to the feeling that home shopping with children can feel like another full-time job, next to parenting and working. But families are finding ways to make the move every day, and a few commonsense steps can make a big difference.
Securing pre-approval will speed up the process when the time comes to make an offer and snag the home with a swing set. Buyers can utilize real estate technology, including 3D home tours, to virtually tour homes ahead of time so they can act quickly when they find one that fits their needs. And having a trusted agent to help navigate the process will help buyers get an edge in a competitive market and keep busy, working parents sane while trying to find a home that works for them.