As the seller, you can control three factors that will affect the sale of your home: condition, price, and marketing strategy.

However, there are several other factors that influence a buyer that you need to understand: location, size, and amenities. Your real estate agent can advise you on how to best position and market your home to overcome any perceived downsides.

Location
The most influential factor in determining your home’s appeal to buyers is something you can’t control: its location. According to the National Association of REALTORS┬«, neighborhood quality is the #1 reason buyers choose certain homes. The second most influential factor is commute times to work and school.

Size
Some buyers want to simplify their lives and downsize to a smaller home, but home sizes in general have continued to increase over the decades, nearly doubling in size since the 1950s. Smaller homes typically appeal to first-time home buyers and “empty nesters,” or couples whose children have grown up and moved out.

Amenities
Preferences in floor plans and amenities go in and out of fashion, and your real estate agent can inform you of the “hot ticket” items that are selling homes in your market. If your home lacks certain features, you can renovate to increase its appeal, but that’s not always the right move. Using market conditions and activity in your neighborhood as a gauge, your agent can help you determine whether the investment is likely to help or hinder your profit margin and time on the market.