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Selling Your Costa Mesa House Despite Buyer Preference Shifts

When you’ve been in the same home for quite some time, selling your Costa Mesa house to today’s buyers probably means studying market preferences that differ somewhat from those that were current the last time. If you check up on the Top Ten lists of features buyers value, you find that what people say they will pay a premium for does, indeed, change.

You can trace more specific examples of this phenomenon by downloading Top Ten lists from different eras to see how they differ. Here are two such lists, side-by-side, which make for interesting comparisons.

The first is from a USA Today list of “Features Buyers Will Pay Extra For” produced in 2013…the second (the column on the right) is last year’s “Top Features Homebuyers are Looking for.” They’re shown in reverse order, least- to most-popular:
                    2013                                                                                               2020
10. one or more fireplaces                                                10. ( only listed 9)
9. eat-in kitchen                                                                       9. separate laundry room
8. home less than 5 years old                                             8. lots of windows and light
7. stainless steel appliances                                               7. a basement
6. ensuite master bath                                                          6. a family room
5. hardwood floors                                                                 5. fenced yard
4. granite countertops                                                          4. eat-in kitchen
3. walk-in closet in master bedroom                              3. a garage
2. new kitchen appliances                                                  2. hardwood floors
1. central air conditioner                                                     1. air conditioning

If you plan on selling your Costa Mesa house this year, this presentation is far from the last word on Costa Mesa buyer preferences—but the fact that Number One is the only entry that hasn’t changed is interesting. “Eat-in kitchens” remains on the list, but at a higher preference—as is “hardwood floors.”

Even if you won’t be selling your own Costa Mesa house right away, if you are thinking that might be somewhere on the horizon, for more information on our current buyer preferences, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle. The L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976.  It’s L3 mission is to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. The L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, The L3 has grown to a full staff of 25 serving over 300 clients a year. The L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has The L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa  If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to The L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact The L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at



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