Warm weather, more listings and pent-up interest make June one of the most important months in real estate. Buyers and sellers know this month is one of the best times to jump into the market, which has more buyers and more homes on the market than last year. Sales of existing homes took a welcome jump in March 2015, up 6.1 percent, the highest monthly increase since December 2010. Homes were selling for 7.8 percent more than they were in at the same time last year — Good news for home sellers. Even though there were more buyers in March, more houses came onto the market, too. That’s good news for home buyers who have more choices. The market is right and the time is right for families to buy. A new house in June means the kids will be settled into the new home by the time school starts in August. Many buyers will be looking to upgrade their living standards. Some popular options: * A kitchen that's big enough to serve as a family room. Open concept sightlines from kitchen to family room are still popular. Taste for open concept design might be changing, however, as some look to butler’s pantries to hide their kitchen clutter when company comes. * New kitchen appliances. * Another bathroom. The second or third bathroom they need, one with a tub or with fancy, tiled showers. * Plenty of storage space. * A garage for two cars. * Utility room with areas for an ironing board. * A mud room with shelves for boots, a bench, and a place to hang jackets. Home sellers have patiently waited for snow to melt and spring downpours to end so they can fix up and spruce up. Some of the best investments: * Catch the details. Clean in corners and cabinets and around windows. * Landscape. Trim it up. Mulch. Add a big pot or two of flowers at the entry. * Paint. No matter what color you like the walls, buyers will like them better in beige or white. Plus, white opens up rooms and makes them look better. * New door knobs or even a new door. * Update cabinet hardware.