Top Things Discerning Luxury Home Buyers Want

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Luxury home buyers are getting very smart.

This particular group of buyers are quickly becoming more discerning. They’re making wise choices about what their luxury home needs to look like, and it’s definitely affecting the way you should sell your luxury home.

Here’s what we mean:

Bigger is Not Necessarily Better!

Today’s luxury home buyers are looking at quality over quantity. They are forgoing outrageous amounts of square footage for exceptional building quality, tasteful finishing elements, unique attributes, and mindful, creative uses of space.

Number one on their list of amenities is making use of outdoor space in a way that accommodates their family’s lifestyle. That might mean:

  • a backyard pool area or tennis court
  • an outdoor living room
  • a classy bar area
  • fireplace or pit with cozy chairs
  • gourmet outdoor cooking facilities

Or it could mean all of the above. Houses with these elements tend to sell faster and for more money because of the valuable lifestyle amenities they offer.

Kitchens are Still King! 

Luxury kitchen with big windows and white granite counters.More than any other room in the house, the kitchen needs to be carefully planned to meet the needs of today’s Luxury Home Buyers. It is the heart of the home and whether or not the buyer cooks regularly, they are looking for a spacious kitchen with quality fixtures and top-of-the-line appliances. A highly functional island is a must; housing creative storage to hide small appliances as well as adequate seating.

But that’s not all. We all know everyone ends up gathering in the kitchen. It’s the place kids go after school for a snack and to have a conversation about their day. It’s where friends park themselves when they come over for a cup of coffee and a chat. Most of all, it’s where family gathers to help with Thanksgiving dinner. This area needs to include enough room for daily meals as well as comfortable space for entertaining.

Tech-Savvy Homes are the Norm, Not the Exception

There is literally an app for everything today. Being able to control elements of your home like temperature, lights, security, and entertainment from a mobile device through one app or another is a must in the luxury home market.

Buyers in this market prioritize smart home functions over custom window and wall treatments in a heartbeat.

Work-Live-Play vs. Remote and Inconvenient

Pair of hands on the steering wheel of a new car.Buyers in the Raleigh luxury market today are looking for convenience wherever they can find it to save them time and make their quality of life rich. Where buyers once looked for remote, private places to live, most are looking to reduce the travel time to activities they enjoy; dining, entertainment, shopping, and services.

It’s even more important to them that they be located close to work so the daily commute time is minimized.

Charm is in the Finish and Functionality

It’s almost like the luxury home buyer of today is looking for a house that makes common sense for their families and their lives.

They love the uniqueness of a home and are intensely attuned to details that not only add functionality but also make their home distinctive. Quality is everything; from kitchen cabinets to bathroom fixtures and even garage storage.

Price it Right from the Get Go! 

 Sometimes pricing a home in the Triangle’s luxury market defies the rules of logic. Sellers often think their home is so huge and amazing that they will place a robust price tag on them without considering how usable all that space is. A well-designed 5,000 sq. ft. home with incredible functionality is a more desirable home in this market than a 10,000 sq. ft. home with a lot of wasted space that doesn’t get lived in.

Builders who short charge on the quality and workmanship will rarely fool anyone in this market. As stated before, quality is everything and the lack of it will never do!

Choose Linda Craft & Team REALTORS

No matter what price range you’re looking at for your next home, Linda Craft & Team can provide a level of expertise that only comes with decades of experience in the Greater Raleigh market; 33 years to be exact!

We know this market and understand what home buyers want. So whether you are ready to sell your home or if you’re in the market to buy, we’re the team to give you an edge and help you achieve your real estate goals. Give us a call at 919-235-0007 or visit us at

Digital Spring Cleaning Tips

news mediaSpring has sprung in Raleigh, NC and it is time to clean and de-clutter our Triangle homes. One cluttered area that we often overlook, is our digital home. Our digital lives need to be de-cluttered and managed as much as our personal homes in order to stay organized and efficient! Taking time to clean and care for our digital devices can also prolong life saving you time and money in the end. Here are some great tips on organizing your computers, mobile devices and online activities!


  • Create organized folders for the main aspects of your life or business. Create subfolders within these to stay organized and to make searching easy. Don’t let them fill up your inbox! Seeing that you have 2000 emails in your inbox (regardless if they are read or not)  is a negative psychological weight that can be prevented.
  • Delete your junk mail every day!

Social Media

  • Facebook: Delete any junk on your newsfeed. Review your privacy settings and review your photos. Perhaps the college photos are not so funny after 5 years!
  • Pinterest: Organize your boards and delete any you do not use.
  • Instagram: Delete anyone who clogs your feed! Update your profile
  • Twitter: Clean up your “follow” list and update any profile information.
  • LinkedIn: Update profile information, awards, promotions, experience. Take a few moments to endorse your peers as well.

Web Browser

  • Organize your bookmarks. Look through your links and determine which ones you will visit again. Another great tool to keep tabs of a website you might want to visit again is Pinterest. Create a new board labeled Sites of Interest and pin the pages to it. You are not clogging up your favorites bar and you are storing the pins in a handy, visual place!
  • Clear your history, cookies and any old temporary files that might be slowing your system down. Find directions here.


  • Start by deleting documents, photos etc. on your desktop. We get so busy with the task at hand it is easy to keep things on our desktops that we will eventually forget.
  • Go into your documents drive and create folders to save any loose documents in. Trash the documents you will never look at again! When finished, be sure to empty your digital recycle bin.

Digital Photos

  • We often rely on online sites like Facebook, Snapfish, Shutterfly and Tumbler to hold our lives’ memories. These companies are just as prone to security breaches as anyone else. Upload your photos to cloud based programs like Trovebox or Dropbox. Back them up periodically on an external hard drive to be extra safe.


  • Delete the programs you no longer need or use. They are only taking up precious computer real estate and oftentimes update without you knowing it resulting in more taken space! Find directions here.


  • Update your passwords regularly to protect your privacy and avoid identity theft. Review sites security and privacy policies frequently to stay up to date on changes ie) Facebook. Try to avoid using the same password for every site.

Hardware, Tablets and Phones

  • Take the time to disinfect and clean your phones, tablets, keyboards etc. Use device friendly cleaner you can buy at the store.
  • Use a can of compressed air to get crumbs and dirt out of your keyboard, mouse and CPU.
  • It is possible to clean the inside of your computer but if you are not experienced with this we recommend a local professional.

Visit for a list of local, home care providers that we have had wonderful experiences with!  Don’t forget to check out Facebook page throughout the month of March for Spring Cleaning giveaways! We will also have our annual Spring Cleaning Shred Party on Saturday, March 29 from 10-2. Clear out your file cabinets and bring your boxes of paper to be shredded right before your eyes!

For your home buying and home selling needs, Linda Craft & Team REALTORS is your Triangle area expert. Call us today for a free consultation.




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