Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties)

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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I find that buyers nowadays in my market are not wanting the tub any longer.  They would rather a big, two person shower.

Mar 29, 2018 02:01 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Jet tubs are nice when you are looking to relax. I have one in my MBR but I rarely use it- I'm more of a shower guy. Nice to have the option though.

Mar 29, 2018 01:49 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We had a great big bathroom in our Napa home.  The shower was large with a big shower head and you could see the hills and vineyards from the shower, and there was a big jacuzzi tub (I used once in 6 and a half years).  I prefer the shower.  A  I hate bath/tub combos, and jetted tubs belong outside.  A

Mar 29, 2018 02:48 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

My experience is that young families (often first time buyers) just want to have a tub somewhere in the house to bathe the little kids. 

Mar 29, 2018 02:33 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Not having a shower has been a deal breaker Inna Ivchenko .

I prefer a Shower but a bath is nice when I'm not feeling well or I'm chilled to the bone.

I've never owned a jetted tub but there are times my aching back wished I did.

Mar 29, 2018 04:58 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

my last home had a jet tub....who has time for that??? I used it twice in 15 years!!! jet tubs are not in anymore.... walk in tiled showers loaded with multiple shower heads and other nice features....

Mar 29, 2018 04:28 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

The national trend is to have bigger showers there are those buyers that must have their tubs.

Mar 29, 2018 03:25 PM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

If the master shower is done nicely, I have yet to someone balk at the absence of a bath in that room.  Don't see it much, but I have seen a few renovations where the tub went away.

Mar 29, 2018 02:52 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Most of my buyers want the stand alone tub in the master. I would prefer a nice steam shower. The tub shower combo are very common in the main bath. Not a fan of the jetted tub. 

Mar 29, 2018 02:42 PM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Most buyers want to have at least one bathtub.. especually when here are young children.... I like both.. and I have a jacuzzi tub which I love.. especially when my arthritis is acting up!

Mar 29, 2018 02:41 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Good afternoon, Inna!

Our first time home buyers in Tippecanoe County are in a much more modest price range than what you are used to in your area.  Many buyers will make do with just a shower IF there is a tub/shower in the hall bathroom for the other two or three bedrooms as they want a place for the children to take baths.  

So yes, in general, if there is going to be a shower only bathroom in a two bathroom home it seems better to have the shower only in the master suite.


#1  I am now preferring a tub (see reason 3)

#2  shower/tub combos are most popular with first time home buyers

      (the stand alone well equipped showers are in the higher end homes in our market)

#3  Love jetted tubs and have been using our new freestanding Jaccuzi at least an hour a day to soak!!!!







Mar 29, 2018 02:21 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Most buyers want to have a tub

Mar 29, 2018 02:17 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I prefer taking a shower over a bath and my clients have expressed the same to me. I personally don't put much value on most jetted tubs - it will be intefesting to hear/see from appraisers on this subject.

Mar 29, 2018 04:07 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

My experience is that most buyers want a tub somewhere. If only one bath, then a shower-over-tub would be important. If two baths, we often see a shower-over-tub in the shared bath and shower stall in the master. More luxurious masters with have separate tub and shower stall. Jetted tubs are rare and not on most buyer’s must-have list.

Mar 29, 2018 04:07 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

1. Shower
2. Lower end
3. Terrible idea

Mar 29, 2018 02:14 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

The general rule was always at least 1 tub in the home. But I am seeing more and more homes with no tub, even some new homes.

I think the enclosed tub like your picture is a good alternative for smaller homes.

Ideally, a large room with jetted tub and separate walk-in shower is the way to go, If you have the room and money.

Mar 29, 2018 02:02 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I still see both. Soaking tubs and 1 and 2 person showers. With well water, sometimes jetted tubs get grit in the lines and don't work very well. Basic showers are fine with me.

Mar 29, 2018 01:43 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

In our area most people like to take a shower and so a shower in the Master Bedroom is not a deal breaker ... in fact, as long as there is a full bath somewhere else in the house, it is not a problem.

Mar 29, 2018 06:45 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It is not.  Most need a tub in the home but not necessarily in the master.

Mar 29, 2018 05:19 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I had to make that decision on my second home purchase and you dont miss the tub at all

Mar 29, 2018 03:58 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Most seem to prefer a nice shower and are OK if there is no tub, as long as there is one in another bathroom, especially if there are kids or they expect to have them. Shower/tub combos are common in older homes.

Mar 29, 2018 03:33 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Personally, I prefer a shower or tub w/shower head. I have no desire for jetted tub.

I do get buyers who want both a bath and a separate shower.

If they can't have them separately, most still want a bathtub - usually to bathe children.

Mar 29, 2018 02:02 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 1.  Depends upon the price range and the square footage.

 B1.  Shower

 B2.  Yes

 B3.  Functionally obsolete.

Mar 29, 2018 01:49 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It depends on the buyer and their lifstyle... but not sure what it has to do with a first-time buyer versus any buyer. I have a big shower and a big soaking tub. In 12 years have maybe been in that tub less than 5 times.

Mar 30, 2018 04:17 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Tubs for the kid's rooms and fabulous walk-in showers for the adults is what we see in the Charlotte market. I've been the Jacuzzi route and found it to be a total waste of money and space!

Mar 29, 2018 09:12 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I want both.  A soaking tub, which I enjoy and a shower. 

Mar 29, 2018 06:35 PM
Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

Depends on your age cohort. Our "westside" homes have many first timers who are new to homeownership but new to KIDS! They need a tub. But creeping up the price ladder you'll start to see the tub disappear, many single level homes in this price range (think aging-in-place boomers) but once you hit the luxury market BOTH are present. I think baths are a total waste of time. I especially like the ones with the fireplace separating the bedroom from the bath--not only do the owners NEVER use the tub but they NEVER get the fireplace on. 

Mar 29, 2018 06:07 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Most people still want a tub even though many rarely use it. They just think they want it. We purchased a new home that only has a shower in the master, which was fine by us, but I did consider it possibly to be a drawback for when we eventually sell. I've missed the tub a handful of times in 3 years, but we do have one in another bathroom if I really needed it. 

Bonus1: I prefer shower, but every once in a while want a bath.

Bonus2: Bath/Tub combos are not popular or often seen in the master bath in newer homes, most often they are separate walk-in shower/garden tub.

Bonus3: I have no use for jetted tubs, but if it is going to be a big/fancy tub it may as well have jets to make it an indoor hot tub. 


Mar 29, 2018 05:33 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

When it comes to deal breakers like this I am glad to be selling more land than houses.

Mar 29, 2018 05:31 PM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

most Buyers here prefer a shower in Master Bath vs tub.

tub/shower combos are popular and pretty much standard in main bath.

jetted tubs are long out of vogue, impressive when they first were popular but now referred to as "anniversary tub"


Mar 29, 2018 04:42 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Both are expected in newer homes.

Mar 29, 2018 02:47 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Full size walkin showers are expected in the master but bath tubs in the master are rare and not a deal breaker if there isn't one. People do still want a tub/shower in the hall bathroom "just in case".

1. I prefer a shower.

2. In guest or hall bathrooms only.

3. I don't think anyone really misses them.

Mar 29, 2018 10:55 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

No, bathtubs are kind of out.
There more necessary in the secondary bathrooms for the kids that I’ve sold lots of luxury homes to people that look at a giant sunken tub as a waste of space.

Mar 29, 2018 08:27 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Inna, around here, there is an expectation of a shower in the master bath and a tub/shower in a hall bath.  I'd love to soak in a tub, but I don't have time. Shower are it for me. I think a lot of my clients feel the same.

Mar 29, 2018 07:23 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Most buyers do expect tubs, preferably jacuzzi tubs, but frankly, few actually use them. Bath/shower combo's not so popular (if you mean shower in bath). Jet tub plus very nicely equipped separate shower stall is by far the preference. First-time buyers may need tubs for babies.

Mar 29, 2018 07:18 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I don't think first time home buyers typically think about it until after the fact. I haven't seen much complaint one way or the other around here.

Mar 29, 2018 06:55 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

In my experience, the high end walk-in shower in the Master bathroom is the winner.  It's what people want.  As long as the secondary bathroom has the tub, they're happy.  Now in the more luxury homes, a stand alone tub in the master is a real winner... especially if clawfoot.

Mar 29, 2018 06:47 PM
Pat Greene
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. - Riverview, FL

Not a deal breaker, but strongly desired.

Mar 29, 2018 05:59 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Shower Power

Mar 29, 2018 05:47 PM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

I'm redoing all my smaller homes with a single  shower/bath combo to a nice ingel walk in shower.  TEannts have been loving it. and it has been a positive thing for flips as well. 

Mar 30, 2018 08:10 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

That big his and hers tub in the MBR is often used to grow plants. Saw some Mary Jane growing there. The MBR is often used to sort laundry.  Ironing ... What a waste of space! 

Mar 30, 2018 07:47 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

In my market, anything 2 bedrooms and up would typically have 2 bathrooms. Especially in remodeling situations, the rule of thumb would be at least one tub, and rarely in the master bedroom. Big airy tiled showers with glass enclosures, no doors, rain shower heads, many shower heads. The bigger the better. And make it spa-like.

Mar 30, 2018 07:46 AM
Andrea Moore
Welcome Home Loans, LLC - Winter Garden, FL

As a first time homebuyer myself, I'd prefer a large two-person shower in my master. I don't have any children, but I'd like a tub to wash my dog. 

Mar 30, 2018 07:34 AM
Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

For younger, first time homebuyers with small children, no tub in the house is a deal breaker.  For the master bath, it's a 50/50 mix for young to middle age buyers.  For older buyers, they want a shower only with easy access and low step-in for sure.  They could care less about tubs.

Mar 30, 2018 07:18 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

My young buyers want the soaking tub in the master but the older they are the deluxe shower prevails as long as there is a tub in the house in another bath.

Mar 30, 2018 06:57 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

In my area most people prefer a shower

Mar 30, 2018 05:37 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Most often in a starter home i see a tub in main bath and a shower in master bath. When you go more upscale, the masetr will add a soaking or jet tub

Mar 30, 2018 05:17 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

My preference is a large shower! 

Mar 30, 2018 05:10 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Standard design here does include a tub...

Mar 30, 2018 05:04 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Most of my customers no longer insist on a bath in the main bathroom.  But many will want one in another bathroom.

Mar 30, 2018 05:02 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Inna Ivchenko - Times change and so does the taste.

Mar 29, 2018 10:41 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

A nice soaking tub and a walk in shower are preferred in the owner's bathroom with a decent sized combo being typical in the guest bathrooms. Jetted tubs / spas are best outside near the pool.

Mar 29, 2018 07:17 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

In my experience it is not ususally a deal breaker.  I prefer a shower.  Jetted tubs are very rarely used.

Mar 29, 2018 07:05 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


The best depends. If there is a chance for need a tub!

Finding the right buyer. Some only want tubs, some only want jetted tubs, some want no tubs especially not jetted...and my opinion....think bacteria big time if not properly cleaned and most are NOT ! And there are those that just want the big walk in HC accessible shower.


 This is my favorite bath set up in a listing with a bonus view... it is a jetted tub within a  shower room! Maybe more of a party room.

shower tub room margaret rome

Mar 29, 2018 06:46 PM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

On a daily basis, I prefer a shower for time's sake. When I have exercised and am achy or cold or just want to relax and have the time, I do like to have a glass of wine in my standalone tub. 

Most homes around here have the tub/bath combo in at least one bathroom (we have it in two). Many in my neighborhood are remodeling and taking out the tub and doing a larger walk-in shower. 

I intentionally chose to have a standalone tub without jets when we built. If I wanted to hang out in warm water with jets, I would prefer to do it with friends in a hot tub. Jetted tubs seem dated and I personally don't like when the calcium/hard water deposits build up on the jets. It tends to make them look dated quickly.

Mar 30, 2018 12:56 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Some people use the bath tub as a place for the cat litterbox, if you can believe that.

I prefer a tub without a shower over it. But when I remodeled my guest bath, I put it in a shower over the tub just for resale value but no doors.

Our master has a walk-in shower without a door, just a glass block staggered wall. 3 different sizes of Italian tile.

I agree that master tubs are not necessary. But you should have a tub somewhere or you will eliminate families with small children.

Jacuzzis, unless in the ground, waste of money, time and expense. Nobody wants a hot tub in the yard anymore.

Apr 28, 2018 08:46 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It depends

Apr 02, 2018 04:22 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Although seldom used, a tub can make or break a sale

Apr 01, 2018 07:38 PM