[caption id="attachment_55984" align="alignleft" width="289"] Homes touting barn doors sell at a premium[/caption]
Homes with barn doors, subway tiles, shaker cabinets or farmhouse sinks sell for up to 13 per cent more and 60 days faster according to Zillow's interior design hub Digs.
Digs analysis shows sale listings touting craftsman or farmhouse-style design features sell faster and for more money than expected and that a home's listing description can have a significant impact on its final sale price.
Listings mentioning keywords like "barn door" or "subway tiles" sold faster and for up to 13 per cent more than expected.
Zillow Digs analyzed listing descriptions from over 2 million homes nationwide sold between January 2014 and March 2016 to see how certain keywords referring to home features, amenities and design styles impacted their sale price.
Of the 60 keywords analyzed, listings mentioning "barn doors" a rustic sliding door often used on bedroom closets and kitchen pantries, saw the highest sale premium (13 per cent above expected values).
Other common craftsman-style keywords like "farmhouse sink" were also found in top-performing listings.
Homes described as "craftsman" performed better than any other design style analyzed. While people may think the rustic mason jar-vibe is out, it is still very popular with today's buyers.
Meanwhile listings descriptions that included "new carpets" had no effect on the home's sale price, but listings mentioning "hardwood floors" sold for two per cent more than expected.
"When it comes to real estate listing descriptions, words matter," says Zillow chief economist Dr Svenja Gudell.
"Your listing description is an opportunity to highlight specific details and finishes that might not be visible in photos.
"Craftsman-style homes and amenities resonate incredibly well with today's buyers – so if you've got them, flaunt them! Meanwhile, not only are subway tiles and shaker cabinets popular with home buyers, they may also signal that the home has other desirable features like an open floor plan or a well-appointed kitchen."
"While everyone has different preferences, when it's time to sell, a listing mentioning hardwood floors may be more likely to catch a future buyer's eye."
Zillow Digs is a hub for home improvement and design inspiration. Users can browse more than three million photos of interiors and exteriors of real homes, organized by space, style, cost and color.
Product tags allow users to easily locate similar products and accessories as seen in their favorite photos, and patent-pending Digs Estimates help people understand what it would cost to recreate the actual bathrooms and kitchens they are viewing.
In addition, Zillow Digs users can collect images, share favorites and follow others for inspiration from the Zillow Digs App for iPhone® and iPad, or on the Web.