What Are Buyers Looking For in Homes Today? GetSmart Offers Top Three Design Trends

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Spring is almost here and that means it's time to get ready for another home buying season. Homebuyers are becoming more sophisticated so most will turn their noses up at orange shag carpet and avocado appliances. Some will chose to buy fixer-uppers but most are now demanding top design trends already be included in their new dream homes. So what are the top design features of homes this spring? GetSmart.com will share the news.

Spring is almost here and that means it's time to get ready for another home buying season. Homebuyers are becoming more sophisticated so most will turn their noses up at orange shag carpet and avocado appliances. Some will chose to buy fixer-uppers but most are now demanding top design trends already be included in their new dream homes. So what are the top design features of homes this spring? GetSmart.com will share the news.

Kitchen Upgrades

It used to be that a kitchen with a built-in microwave thrilled buyers. But now-a-days that's not enough. New homes must have a luxurious feel. Trends include kitchen cabinetry with a warm and inviting look, stainless steel appliances (which have replaced standard white appliances as a buyer preference), and even wine coolers. Natural stone counters are also a trend buyers are looking for. Not only are stone counters practical (no hot pads are needed as hot items can be placed directly on the sturdy surface) but they are the ultimate in luxury.

Bathroom Luxury

Homeowners are more stressed than ever, so it stands to reason that they'd want bathroom features that can help ease away the tension. From vessel sinks (freestanding bowls that sit on the countertop and are often paired with a wall-mount faucet) in the powder room, to designer soaking tubs with high backs for reclining, and frameless glass showers with rainfall showerheads, bathrooms that emulate nature and the relaxation that a natural setting provides, are gaining ground in popularity.

Bringing the Outdoors In and the Indoors Out

To bring the relaxing feel of the outdoors inside, designers are increasingly using unique building materials such as bamboo or slate for flooring. In addition, the latest news in upscale flooring is that Brazilian cherry (also known as Jatoba) is overtaking oak as the most popular hardwood flooring.

To bring the indoors outside, designers and homeowners are adding outdoor rooms to create more living space. A deck, patio or porch - particularly those that are enclosed - paired with quality furniture and professional landscaping, can greatly increase the value and appeal of a home.

For more information on today's top home design trends in preparation of the upcoming home buying season, please go to http://www.getsmart.com.

About GetSmart®

GetSmart is a leading financial services marketplace that offers borrowers access to a range of home loan products from a network of more than 250 lenders. Consumers who visit the site at http://www.getsmart.com fill out a short and simple form to be matched with up to five lenders.

GetSmart is owned and operated by LendingTree, LLC, which is part of IAC Financial Services and Real Estate, an operating company of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), which also owns or operates LendingTree Loans sm, LendingTree Settlement Services, LLC, RealEstate.comsm, Domania®, and iNest Realty, Inc.

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