The latest trends can help you sell your home

Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 10:28 p.m.

NEW YORK — Selling a home is never easy, but in this housing market it's going to be even more difficult. All is not lost, however. There are ways to make your home more appealing to buyers, which could result in a faster sale. Many homeowners make improvements before putting their home on the market; the key is in doing them the right way.

Mark Nash, author of "Real Estate A-Z for Buying and Selling a Home" and "1,001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home," says that sellers in 2007 should consider the trends that are going to be popular with home buyers this year. After surveying 923 real estate agents, Nash has the following eight suggestions for making your home attractive to buyers:

· If you're redoing a kitchen or bathroom, consider using glass tiles instead of ceramic ones. They're gaining popularity again because of reflective qualities.

· Avoid installing a bowl-shaped above-the-counter bathroom sink. They look pretty, but have proven to be harder to maintain and keep clean.

· Use engineered stone compound for kitchen countertops. The material is less expensive than granite and is expected to be the latest trend this year.

· Don't install too many glass cabinet doors in your kitchen. They look better in magazines than they do in real life — where homeowners must keep their cabinets in perfect order or suffer embarrassment.

· Consider replacing a wood or chain link fence with a wrought-iron one on your property. Wrought-iron fences portray a look of luxury.

· When repainting trim for shutters, doors and window frames, go with bold and deep colors. And don't get rid of the trim around interior window openings — it only looks cheap.

· If replacing floors, avoid bamboo wood. This flooring was popular when it debuted, but now users are saying that it is easily dented and scratched. It is also more likely to warp due to weather and humidity.

· If you're adding new construction, don't employ concrete blocks in exterior walls. They are not attractive and are more likely to leak moisture if not properly installed.

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