The 3 Things You Need to Know About Selling to a First-Time Homebuyer

by Teri Bruinsma 10/17/2021

First-time homebuyers are an important subset of potential customer every agent and seller should know. As younger generations reach the age and stage of wanting to purchase a home, they’ll be entering the market with specific needs. If you’re selling your home—either through an agent or by owner—here are some of the most important things to do to appeal to this key market:

Be Transparent

Today’s new homebuyers are more educated and well-informed than ever before. There are countless free resources available for learning the ins and outs of buying your first home, which means most homebuyers will come into the market well-prepared. Therefore, it’s crucial to be as transparent and honest as possible in your selling.

Massaging numbers and trying too hard to appeal to emotion might raise red flags for buyers who have learned to be wary of such sales tactics. Be honest and open with first-time buyers and you’ll establish a better working relationship.

Prioritize Maintenance

First-time homebuyers come in all varieties of economic situations. Rather than assume they have less or more money to spend than other demographics, focus on what will appeal to everyone: a well-maintained property. Put in the extra effort and money to make improvements and upgrades that will make the home move-in ready rather than a “money pit.”

Most first-time homebuyers are likely not looking for a fixer-upper property; therefore, the better care and detail you can put into maintenance, the better your chances will be.

Research & Highlight Relevant Amenities

Style trends come and go and so do the specific priorities of first-time homebuyers. It’s important to figure out what new buyers are looking for today. Highlighting desirable amenities and features will help your property look its best to first-time homebuyers with specific priorities in mind. One prominent example of this is energy-efficient appliances.

If the home has a tankless water heater or a smart thermostat system, these are perfect details to highlight in the listing. Focus on what will be most relevant to a first-time homebuyer today rather than rely on what might have been popular in the past.

As with any generalization of a large group of people, not everything will be accurate. However, the better you can understand what a first-time homebuyer actually needs and wants, the better you’ll be able to sell to them.

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Teri Bruinsma

Real Estate is my PASSION! Let me be your personal assistant to help you buy or sell your next home. 

Having 30+ years in sales I know what it takes to help you out in the buying process. If you are a first-time home buyer and are unsure of what it takes to buy a home, give me a call and I'd be happy to walk you through the buying process. 

If you are looking to sell, I will help you stage your home to appeal to the most amount of Buyers. Thus, generating multiple offers and getting you a higher price for your home. Many Realtors offer this service, however, they charge to have a stager help you. I AM the stager, and this service is included when you work with me.