Is Your Kitchen Top Chef-Worthy? You Could Pocket a Premium When You Sell

The heart of the home is the kitchen–and buyers are eager to fork over for a showpiece.

According to an analysis conducted recently by Zillow, adding commercial-grade features to the kitchen pays a premium.  Evaluation 4.6 million home listings in the past year, Zillow discovered that the features garnered anywhere from 24-34 percent more at sale.

Of the 10 biggest moneymakers, six are common in custom, entertainer’s kitchens–and restaurants:

Steam Oven – 34 percent premium                                                                                                                                                                Professional Appliance – 32 percent premium                                                                                                                                                              Wine Cellar – 31 percent premium                                                                                                                                                                                Pot Filler – 27 percent premium                                                                                                                                                                            Waterfall Countertop – 26 percent premium                                                                                                                                                                Prep Sink – 24 percent premium

The boost comes with a caveat: longer timelines.  Because amenities appeal to specific tastes, and are common in higher-end homes–and homes in the luxury market move slower, typically–cashing in could take a while.  Against comps, homes outfitted with a steam oven, for instance, were on the market for 22 days more than others.

What about buyers at the entry level, not in luxury market?  They’re also drawn to well-appointed kitchens, and prepared to spend on them:

Pot Filler – 49 percent premium                                                                                                                                                                                  Wine Cellar – 47 percent premium                                                                                                                                                                            Pizza Oven – 46 percent premium                                                                                                                                                                              Prep Sink – 39 percent premium                                                                                                                                                                                  Dual-Range Oven – 36 percent premium

“Having a steam oven, a heated floor or other luxury features in the home is a signal that there are ore than the home’s basic features at play.” says Skyler Olsen, director of Economic Research at Zillow.  “These homes are special. They likely come with an elevated design sense and the extra touches valued by home shoppers who are willing to pay.

“If you have these features, flaunt them.” Olsen says.

Source: Suzanne De Vita


About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike.

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Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate