Trends Buyers Will Be Looking For In 2018

When talking about popular home trends, open floor plans might come to mind. But in 2018 there is going to be a little change. Practicality will be popular in 2018, with spaces focused on function rather than keeping up appearances like mudrooms and laundry rooms. Julie and Daniel Desrocher from the Desrocher Realty Group with Coldwell Banker tell us what’s hot and what to look out for.

Smart Home Automation

  • App Controlled thermostats, garage door openers, security systems & lights.
  • Audi video systems that are controlled by your phone
  • USB outlets & LED lighting

These are especially popular for younger buyers (Millenial’s).

Design Trends Include:

– Brushed Brass
– 2 tone cabinets and natural bleached cabinets
– Interior doors with more detail or design

Modern streamlined feel, less clutter

– Granite is out, Quartz is in.

Positives of Quartz, there are a ton of design options and it is very durable, not porous so does not stain as easily as other hard surface counter tops.

Rooms in a home that will be important to buyers are:

Laundry rooms by bedrooms

– In a 2nd story laundry rooms upstairs
– a pass through to the master suite is a bonus
– Built in hampers & hanging racks for clothes

Out door living spaces

-Buyers want screened or 3 season porches
– large decks or patios
– fire pit areas

In-law suites

  • A 2nd suite in the house, preferably on the main floor that has an attached bath
  • Seeing multiple generations live with each other
  • Grandparent living with families for part of the year
  • Homeowners want to be able to accommodate aging parents or other shifts in family dynamics.


  • Buyers are wanting larger mudrooms with lots of features and functionality
    • Drop zones with charging stations and a place to put mail
    • Built in boot benches & cubbies
    • Large closets

Ramblers & one level living

Ramblers & homes that allow complete main floor living are becoming more and more in demand

– Baby boomers are getting older and don’t want to deal with stairs, want to easily get around their house.

From a functionality standpoint ramblers can appeal to a lot of buyers, even younger ones.

Middle aged buyers are seeing their parents get older and are planning for the future and may not need one level living at this time but want to be able to stay in their home as they age.

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