Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert, Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction (E*Rae Realty)

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Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
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Card board box, but I've since upgraded.

Mar 08, 2018 10:54 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Spend the money and replace it with a good stone finish to get more money at the end.

Mar 09, 2018 05:14 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ugh, I just can't comprehend a concrete countertop. It's personal, as my grandfather was in the concrete business.  My parents had a concrete porch, steps, driveway, etc., but not countertops.

Mar 08, 2018 04:19 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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My brother recently made a beautiful one out of 2x6's.

Mar 08, 2018 11:51 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I had a seller use pine and then a clear epoxy, it looked really good but may not be for all. 

Mar 08, 2018 02:33 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Sure as heck not butcherblock. It's more work than any marble or granite.

If price is an issue there are plenty of nice looking laminates.

I hate corian or soapstone.

Mar 08, 2018 02:20 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Formica or silestone. i like others, but not sure of current prices. Look at the " Windfall Lumber" example in this link. https://www.amicusgreen.com/store/c16/Countertops_%26_Sheetgoods.html

And this link shows how to resurface existing countertops. https://www.amicusgreen.com/store/p67/DecoPoz_Concrete_Resurfacing.html

Mar 08, 2018 01:04 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Low cost. Can't help you there.

But quartz and concrete is the choice they should make.....unless updates of this type would make the rest of the house look like crap.

Then butcher block and laminate is the choice.

Mar 08, 2018 12:37 PM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

I think you got some great suggestions here- concrete can be low cost, if it fits the decor - see about sealing the butcherblock so it lasts - Granite Tile is also low cost with the look, only lots of grout lines- and my only addition would be laminate with the look of granite. So the designs a granite design but the countertops laminate. To really pull this look off have them round the edges of the counters- it's a small additional fee- & that really helps pull off the granite look... and make sure there's only 1 or 2 seams showing. 

Mar 08, 2018 11:38 AM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I would suggest tile with a good sealed grout.  They could probably get a good deal on a discontinued pattern

Mar 08, 2018 11:01 AM
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Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

My lowest cost choice would vary more on the current home value and what type the comparable properties have in their kitchens. 

Mar 08, 2018 10:34 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Low cost, durable and customizable, that's what a concrete counter top offers.

Mar 08, 2018 10:26 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I've seen some beautiful concrete countertops - inexpensive and can be sealed like quartz & granite.

Mar 09, 2018 10:50 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Butcher block does not do it for me... plus the germ issue of wood...too much maintenance. There are good looking laminates out there. If you can't go a natural stone find a good laminate.

Mar 09, 2018 05:50 AM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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Neither laminate, nor butcher block, is popular these days.  I would avoid both.

Most of the popular materials are no longer inexpensive... but I agree with some, that concrete can be "reasonably priced", can be poured and formed in place, and is a cool, contemporary material... easily coloured, sealed and cared for... the only real caveat is that the cabinetry has to be strong enough to support the weight.  Some of the old cabinetry is not.

Mar 08, 2018 04:17 PM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert take a look at the neighborhood solds see what options were being used by others where the properties sold quickly and for the target price. Once you have a list of 3 or so from that check with a few reputable contractors on both costs and durability. If you are still concerned regarding what a HI might say about a given choice ask two or three that are frequently used in your area and have good reputations as well. Good Luck

Mar 08, 2018 01:33 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Concrete

Mar 08, 2018 12:33 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I have never been a fan of butcher block.  Unless it is properly maintained it should be a sanitary concern. If low cost is the main criteria, probably formica. If the best value is a priority, then there are many options to consider. 

"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten."  -Ben Franklin 

Mar 08, 2018 11:57 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've seen the concrete ones that Ken Jones, ASA, SCGREA, CRES references on TV and once in real life.  While I don't find it my style, they did look really nice and nicely done.

Mar 08, 2018 11:48 AM
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Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

I've seen some pretty amazing concrete countertops. 

Mar 08, 2018 11:38 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

We use laminate in a laundry room as a smooth surface, but in a kitchen, there are very affordable slab options. The added value with this surface over laminate can be the price of a sale.

Mar 08, 2018 11:23 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

The inspector won't be buying the house. What is prevalent or desireable by buyers in your area? Not every option mentioned here already would work in all markets and a laminate with a nice edge treatment could be just as well perceived as something else. 

Mar 08, 2018 11:07 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I have seen concrete and glass counters that are beautiful.  A

Mar 08, 2018 10:59 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

When I think of inexpensive counter tops, I think laminate. I had a client who remodeled the first small condo that she bought with a new laminate counter top that was of a color that complemented the new paint and carpet she also added. She did a great job and the finished product (condo) was quite attractive.

Mar 08, 2018 10:39 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

staron might be a product that's reasonable....it's like corian....different name....

Mar 08, 2018 10:10 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

My favorites are not low cost solutions.

Quartz is preferred by many but it is expensive.

Mar 08, 2018 09:45 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I've never known an inspector to call out butcherblock as an issue. If it is maintained, it would not be an issue. I'd ask your inspector to provide their comment on this and share it with the seller. 

Mar 08, 2018 09:44 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I like Ken's concrete suggestion.

Mar 09, 2018 05:50 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert - well, I am not an expert at this.

Mar 08, 2018 11:22 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Concrete (polished), but only if they have a modern taste. Otherwise, granite imitation looks great. 

Mar 08, 2018 11:18 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Corian.  

Mar 08, 2018 10:11 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I replaced my old ones with quartz a couple of years ago, but was not low cost.

Mar 12, 2018 07:14 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Home Depot granite or granite tiles.

Mar 09, 2018 12:44 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Parked and reading...

Mar 09, 2018 05:34 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Each area may be different. Most popular ones are not inexpensive. Do your research carefully.

Mar 09, 2018 05:08 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I've seen a lot of concrete counter tops that look amazing.. not sure of the cost... but I think laminate would lookd much better than butcher block..

Mar 09, 2018 04:48 AM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Countertops are not the place to try and skimp on costs. Undoubtedly the person will never be happy with the decision if it isn't what they really want. Even cement which I love and have in one of my homes is expensive to install and is very heavy.

Mar 09, 2018 04:17 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not know.

Mar 09, 2018 03:34 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The laminate tops offered by Wilson Art or Formica can look like granite or stone but a whole lot less expensive.

Mar 08, 2018 07:03 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I do not know.  Ask e about fishing lures

Mar 08, 2018 04:57 PM
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Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

 Concrete (labor expert is largest part of cost) I think they can find a porcelain tile that looks like quartz or stone if installed with near zero grout that suits any style. Show us a kitchen photo and I can suggest. Paint the whole house neutral over laminate counter 

Mar 08, 2018 04:48 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

corian

Mar 08, 2018 10:21 AM