Making a List and Checking It Twice – Top Features Today’s Buyers Want

happy-couple-and-real-esate-agent-in-front-their-new-houseBy Paige Tepping
For today’s buyers, finding that perfect home goes way beyond locating the ideal neighborhood that’s a stone’s throw from the office. With must-have lists that can range anywhere from a few items to those that are more than a mile long, real estate professionals certainly have their work cut out for them when it comes to finding buyers the home that’s just right.

While every buyer has their heart set on specific things they absolutely can’t live without, here are just a few of the features today’s buyers seek when looking for a place to call home.

Open Floor Plan. 
Design wise, homes with an open floor plan are all the rage these days as buyers envision themselves spending quality time with family and friends without having to tear themselves away from the fun when it’s time to cook dinner or check on the children. A great way to ensure everyone’s involved in the same activity, open floor plans minimize the use of small spaces, creating a flow that extends throughout, a top priority for today’s buyers, according to Kathleen Daniels, a broker-owner in San Jose, Calif.

Ample Storage. “People tend to have a lot of ‘stuff’ they don’t want to part ways with,” says Daniels, who notes that storage space both inside and in the garage is crucial when it comes to keeping the home organized. From clothing to extra bedding and towels—and everything in between—sufficient storage is a must-have.

Flexible Living Spaces. Buying a new home to fit your current lifestyle every few years is not practical, but with flexible living spaces, homeowners can adapt their current digs to meet their changing lifestyle and needs. While a majority of today’s buyers may look at the dining room as wasted space, the addition of French doors can turn the area into a play room for the kids or even an office or extra bedroom for overnight guests. The possibilities are endless when it comes to reconfiguring your space so that it complements your lifestyle.

A Central Hub with Upgraded Features. As the heart of the home, the kitchen is one area that can’t be overlooked. As a central gathering spot for friends and family alike, today’s buyers are looking for top-notch kitchens that incorporate upgraded features and cabinetry, plenty of counter space and storage as well as a design in which every item is strategically placed. Even more appealing are large, open kitchens that incorporate granite countertops and energy efficient appliances, says Daniels.

Outdoor Living Space. A continuation of your indoor living space, buyers are all about the outdoor living space—whether it’s for entertaining or relaxing with a cup of coffee in the morning (or a glass of wine in the evening).

Energy Efficiency/Green Features. If there’s one thing today’s buyers are passionate about, it’s green living. From low-flow toilets and shower heads to programmable thermostats, Energy Star appliances and solar panels, green features aren’t going away anytime soon.

Technology Capabilities. As the industry trends toward smart homes that are equipped with lighting, heating and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely via phone or computer, it’s no surprise that technology integration is at the top of any must-have list.

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.

Greg also knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Greg’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you into a client for life.


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