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Exterior Landscape Preferred Over Interior Square Footage in 2017

Exterior Landscape Preferred Over Interior Square Footage in 2017

A RealtorMagazine article earlier this year shared a study with regards to buyer preferences in today’s market, showing that buyers will sacrifice interior square footage in exchange for a fabulous outdoor space. Buyers prefer a property that offers great outdoor space - perfect for their pets and for entertaining! 

Their survey showed that women prefer outdoor space more than men (62% of women surveyed, compared to 51% of men). In Charlotte, those numbers are likely even higher - almost all of our buyers are seeking some form of outdoor living space; in fact, the more elaborate, the better!

Outdoor Living in Charlotte NC

This home (and backyard space) has sold (of course!) and is a prime example of a wonderfully flowing entertaining home that leads to this spacious, private, outdoor sanctuary. The buyers absolutely love coming home to this space and enjoying the wonderful four seasons that we have here in Charlotte. 

Who wouldn’t love the built-in grill with gas line (so no gas tank exchange required!), the extensive kitchen prep area with refrigerator and storage area for ease when entertaining or simply having a private, romantic dinner on the patio? Or, imagine a sunset fire in the outdoor fireplace while enjoying a glass of wine with your favorite person in the world…

What you don’t see is the Koi pond that adds to the outdoor serenity in this fabulous space that is being thoroughly enjoyed by these very lucky buyers!




This is an entry in Dick Greenberg’s October Photo Contest - REAL ESTATE -  Exterior - grounds, outdoor feature or landscape.  


© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | | Exterior Landscape Preferred Over Interior Square Footage in 2017



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Comment balloon 28 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • October 28 2017 05:41AM


Good landscaping like that should never be overlooked for the fact that it’s so good! Good luck this! Great work

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 1 year ago

What a wonderful extension of indoor-outdoor space, flowing graciously into the garden! The only thing missing is an outdoor "swim in place" swimming pool!

Posted by Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson, Glad to be of Service (Century 21 Doug Anderson) about 1 year ago

Beautiful setting for sure.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 1 year ago

Eventually we will go from condo to home in Jupiter Florida and an outdoor kitchen will be a must and we don't need a lot of interior space so I would be one of those in agreement.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 1 year ago

Good morning Debe - I would totally agree with that.  In my case I love the outdoor entertaining area just like the picture.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 1 year ago

Good morning Debe. What a great space. I get the trend. I have a small house and a bigger yard too.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 1 year ago

This is an important topic and great information to share with prospective home sellers.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 year ago

Good morning Debe. In some places these outdoor spaces are the primary focal point of the home! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 1 year ago

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS - The eye buys as they say. This is a great example of that concept. Having a great outdoor space especially in a nice climate is a must. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 1 year ago

Nice getaway for meditation, napping or entertaining. Or for just plain BBQ'ing.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) about 1 year ago

This looks like the ultimate entertaining space and the photo shows it off very nicely.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 1 year ago

Hi Debe --- Southern Hospitality?  I think your photo may re-define the term and the concept.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 1 year ago

Outdoor living space can certainly enhance the enjoyment of homes.  There's no question about that.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 1 year ago

CONGRATULATIONS Debe, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 1 year ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I love how nature and stone comes together in harmony in this photograph. I also love your new Profile photo! You look so elegant too!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 1 year ago

Here in SoCal for sure. The value and desirability is much higher for a property with any outdoor space. 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 1 year ago

Hi Debe - That's a great photo to highlight an exceptional feature - Nice work! And thanks for another contest entry!

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing this info on buyers preferring more exterior space over interior space.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) about 1 year ago

Who wouldn't want a lovely entertainers back yard like this one!  They are also very important in my area as well. Everybody entertains outside all year long!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 1 year ago

Winner Winner! Congratulations Debe on the win!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 1 year ago

Debe, another beautiful shot brought you another win in the photo contest! Congratulations, well done!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 1 year ago

The masterful art of "showing off"!! The exterior that is! I loved the way the stone popped. Such rich textures.

                     HUGE CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) about 1 year ago

I couldn't agree more, Debe Maxwell, CRS about outdoor space. When we bought our home 16 years ago, I fell in love with the gorgeous piece of property. I just knew my kids would love growing on our property. They did and my husband and I do, too! Our firepit is used often, even in snowy winters! Nothing like it! Great for sellers in your area who are getting their homes ready to know that outside may be a place to consider spending some money. Of coure, hiring you to guide them is an even smarter idea!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Sells Real Estate! (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 1 year ago

Congratulations on the win! Beautiful picture that conveys a lifestyle.


Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) about 1 year ago

I have no idea how I got so behind on returning comments but, somehow I have! I do want you to know that I really appreciate the kind words and the honor of this one winning is so exciting to me! THANK YOU!!!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 year ago

Look at you!! Congratulations on winning for this photo. It's a beautiful outdoor space. No wonder it sold!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 1 year ago

After planting most of our backyard ourselves, our next home will already have the landscaping done- thats for sure!

Posted by Ben DeHaven, Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida (Haven Realty & Investments) about 1 year ago

I did a statistical regression analysis for SFBA SFHs awhile back two times. One was during the Great Recession and a couple years ago I did again in Siliocn Valley when homes recovery was well on their way.   Granite, hardwood floor, and crown molding had a lot to do with shorter DOM during Great Recession(interior). Now it is acreage sf, fire pit, pavers correlate well with shorter DOM. Swimming pool in this area is not popular anymore and contribute to a lower price except estates(>5000 sf).


Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) about 1 year ago