Homebuyers Will Pay More for These 10 Surprising Features

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Steam Oven

jennair noir 24 builtin steam and convection wall oven
Courtesy JennAir

The steam oven, a type of wall-mounted cooking device that uses steam rather than air to cook your food to crisp perfection, is trending beyond the TikTok hype. The appliance led Zillow’s report of features that sell. In fact, homes that featured steam ovens (like this JennAir beaut) brought in 5.3 percent more than homes without, which translates to more than $17,000 for the average U.S. property.

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Pizza Oven

mature woman holding a homemade pizza on a pizza peel
Richard Drury//Getty Images

Your craving for pepperoni pies might just translate to a stronger homebuyer appetite. According to Zillow, homes that featured pizza ovens garnered a 3.7 percent price premium last year. Mamma mia, indeed!

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Professional Appliances

giuliano andrea dell’uva elle decor
Nathalie Krag

Whether you can cook like Emeril is up for debate. What’s not contested is that having premium, professional grade appliances at home could help your house sell for up to 3.6 percent more compared with houses that don’t have them.

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Terrazzo

dining area with long dark orange leather banquette and matching chairs pulled up to a dark wood table with rounded corners
Stephen Kent Johnson

Trendy surfaces are having a moment in residential real estate, especially Insta-friendly terrazzo. According to Zillow, this desirable feature brought in, on average, a 2.6 percent price premium.

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She Shed

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Carter Berg

Cheryl’s she shed may have gone up in flames, but according to Zillow, this backyard answer to the man cave is on fire in more ways than one: A she shed could garner you a 2.5 percent price premium.

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Soapstone

kitchen with wood counter
Chris Mottalini

Black kitchens are having a moment, so it makes sense that soapstone counters also have a halo effect, to the tune of a 2.5 percent price premium, even beating out ever-popular granite and marble options. Soapstone surfacing even saw homes sell, on average, 3.8 days faster. Call that a counterattack!

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Quartz

modern kitchens
William Abranowicz

We’ve named marble one of the biggest trends of 2023, but quartz is still a desirable feature, according to Zillowers. Homes that had quartz surfaces saw a 2.4 percent hike in sale price.

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Modern Farmhouse

a bathroom has a dark gray vanity with a black marble top and vintage fixtures, a vase with white flowers, wallpaper with a dark gray background and pink flowers and green leaves, twin mirrors, and two ship sconces
Stephen Kent Johnson

IRL Green Acres might not be your cup of tea, but 2022 homebuyers certainly found a modern farmhouse decor scheme desirable. In fact, homes that had a rustic scheme sold for 2.4 percent more than their sleek counterparts.

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Hurricane Shutters/Storm Shutters

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Dominique Nabokov

Shutters, as charming as they are utilitarian, also made Zillow’s list, with a price premium of 2.3 percent.

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Midcentury Style

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Trevor Tondro

Whoever said the midcentury moment was over? According to Zillow, the home and decor style not only brought in a 2.3 percent premium, but caused houses to sell an average of 2.8 days faster.

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Anna Fixsen, Deputy Digital Editor at ELLE DECOR, focuses on how to share the best of the design world through in-depth reportage and online storytelling. Prior to joining the staff, she has held positions at Architectural Digest, Metropolis, and Architectural Record magazines. elledecor.com 

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