Millennials get a lot of flack, but they’re an important part of the real estate market. In fact, they make up the largest generational percentage of home buyers right now!
So, if you’re planning on selling your home soon, it’s important to keep the average millennial home buyer in mind. This generation is unlike any that’s come before it, and the way they buy everything (from laundry detergent to life insurance) is unique.
When it comes to catching the eye of the discerning millennial home buyer, here’s what you need to do:
Create a Strong Internet Presence
It goes without saying that millennials rely on the Internet for, well, everything. This isn’t unusual: the Internet makes every kind of shopping easier and more accessible. Millennial buyers are highly educated consumers…with the vast amount of data available to them from comparable properties to google maps location research, you need to make sure your property stands out online and you provide accurate data for your audience.
As such, giving your home an effective online presence is key. It needs to be easy to find via the most popular home-buying networks, and it has to look great no matter the screen size. After all, more home buyers than ever before are using their smartphones to find their dream home. This comes with a great deal of preparation prior to taking professional photography. Be sure to hire a realtor that believes in the power of staging and either has a good eye for what works in preparing your home and/or has stagers on his/her team to make your house stand out against the competition.
Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Professional Listing Photos
Because millennials rely on the Internet to search homes for sale, your home’s photos have to stand out in a big way. After all, with the right photographer even the smallest home can look like a palace and great photography can help highlight its most unique selling features.
Make sure your agent always uses professional photography regardless of the price point. Great photos could be the difference between a home selling within hours for top dollar, and a home languishing on the market for months.
Show How Your Home Will Improve their Lifestyle
Millennials are looking for homes that will improve their lifestyles and be close to wherever they need to be during the week. As you market your home online, be sure you’re highlighting both its features and location in your listing description.
Tell an exciting story of how much better their life will be once they buy your home! Craft your listing description to carefully touch on all the best parts of your home and its surroundings, and let buyers know exactly why they need to buy it.
Know What Millennials are Looking for in a Home
So, what are millennials looking for anyway? Market research finds that millennial buyers are attracted to affordable homes with eco-friendly and smart features. If your home has any green features or environmentally friendly add-ons, you’ll definitely want to highlight them.
In addition, if you’ve outfitted your home to accommodate any smart features that use technology—like a Nest thermostat or other Smart Home appliances—be sure to mention that in your listing description and social media promotion.
Use a Pro to Market Your Home
The easiest way to market your home to millennials? Work with a real estate specialist who understands this unique market—and how to best target real estate’s next generation of buyers. There are a lot of nuances to capturing your home’s buyer…only one chance to make a good first impression…get out the gate strong with an agent that has a proven formula for success!
Give us a call today for more information about selling your home to millennials!