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Words That Will Help Your Home Sell Fast

Pat Mertz Esswein, Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Words That Will Help Your Home Sell Fast

The right price is key to luring buyers when you're trying to sell a home. So is what you say. Research firm CoreLogic looked at listings of more than 1 million homes that sold in 2016 to identify phrases associated with a shorter- or longer-than-average time to sell.

SEE ALSO: 7 Features That Will Sell Your Home Faster

Listings that sold the quickest included, in rank order:

Fenced backyard
Split floorplan (master suite and other bedrooms on separate sides of the house)
Laminate flooring
Updated kitchen
Finished basement
Move-in ready
Open concept
Single story
Natural light
New stainless-steel appliances
Vaulted ceilings.

Those that took longest:

Golf course
Gourmet kitchen
Second floor
Main floor
Large walk-in closet
Ceramic tile
Formal dining room
Large kitchen
Granite countertops
First floor

You'll find many of those features in larger, higher-priced homes, which often take longer to sell than smaller, less expensive ones.

Use the results to guide which features to emphasize or how to update your home for sale. You may want to install a fence or replace countertops with quartz and flooring with natural-stone tile. Both materials are popular for 2017.

SEE ALSO: 8 Things Home Buyers Will Hate About Your House


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