You can’t always get what you want

Sometimes it is very very difficult to find exactly what a buyer wants, especially in this market. There are few listings available, and they are selling FAST, so picky buyers are really being left in the dust.

This isn’t just about being picky though, this is more about the times when you just can’t get what you want.

I just saw a couple on House Hunters who moved to Racine, Wisconsin. The wife wanted a front porch and for the garage to be on the side or back of the home. Guess what? In Racine, there are not very many front porches because of the cold weather, according to their agent. Also, for the newer style of home they wanted, in the price range they wanted, garages are typically placed out on the front of the house. That’s just the way it is.

It reminded me of when we moved from Indianapolis to Houston. Before we moved, we talked about what features we would like to have in our new home. One thing we all agreed that was a “MUST HAVE” for our family was a basement. Guess what? They don’t do basements in Houston. The area is not high enough from sea level and the water table is too high, basements would flood too easily. It was disappointing but that’s just how it is.

I used to have buyers who would say that they wanted a home in an established neighborhood with lots of big trees and tons of character and also an open floor plan. Big trees and lots of character in that area usually meant an older neighborhood. But in older homes they rarely have an open floor plan, unless it has been renovated, which ups the price.

Sometimes you must make compromises. It is not a case of the agent not showing you the right homes, it’s just that they don’t do it that way in that area. With so many relocations to the Houston area, some buyers are learning the hard way that their idea of the perfect home needs to change.

Luckily for my clients, I have the knowledge and experience to educate them on the area and the patience to help them adjust their idea of their dream home.


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