Does Living on a Busy Road Affect the Sale of YOUR Buckhead or Atlanta Home? You Betcha!

Reblogger Michelle Francis
Real Estate Agent with Tim Francis Realty LLC

Teri Eckholm in Minnesota highlights a major point for all markets - including most certainly Atlanta, Buckhead and Sandy Springs resales factors. 

Tim Francis Realty LLC find it's a huge differential on a busy road.  I had a buyer find a property he thought we had to look at and send me the link.  Of course, it was on a very busy four lane road, which he didn't realize.  I made our list for showings, but told him it was a busy four lane road and the house didn't meet some other criteria he had, so we would drive by and see if it was worth setting up for our next time out. 

When we drove by he THANKED me profusely for NOT showing him that house.  He appreciated that besides just opening doors I am trying to help him make the best fiscal decision I can.  Now, if he doesn't mind a busy road, no issue, it's just that I really feel it's my responsibility to highlight a resale issue BEFORE he considers buying it.  I just sleep a lot better at night that way:-)

Enjoy this excellent post!  

Original content by Teri Eckholm Minnesota License#90858

Busy Road Factor Selling a Minnesota Home

White Bear Lake MN Street Scene by Teri Eckholm REALTOR

As a REALTOR®, people across the north and east Minneapolis/St Paul metro area  contact me to provide comparative market analyses on their homes. I work hard to get the price right whether it is for a single family home, a townhome, an acreage estate or a lakeshore getaway. Getting the price right is imperative in this changed real estate market. I use a system to check the comparative homes sold in the past 3-4 months and add and subtract for differences in each particular home. But every once in a while there are homes that are affected by what I call the "Busy Road Factor". These are situations that are unique to the property but will dramatically affect the number of interested buyers.

My daily travels as an Anoka & Washington County real estate agent take me along many of the same major roads day after day.  County roads are wonderful short cuts through the north and east metro as most are posted 55mph and they crisscross the communities of Ham Lake, Lino Lakes, Forest Lake, Columbus and White Bear Lake. There are many residential developments adjacent to these well-traveled roads.

Of course I notice several for sale signs along these roads as they have become a part of the landscape that doesn't change as quickly as it had in the past. Often a sign goes up and then 6 months or a year later the sign is switched out on the same house when they try a new real estate agent...again and again. In fact there is one home I have watched over the past 3 years switch out every six months to a new broker. I think they are on their sixth agent with no sale yet. I is not just the buyer's market causing this situation. This home and other properties like it located on well traveled roads are affected by "the busy road factor". It is a lethal combination with the buyers' market for a sale of residential home. A home seller is literally dead in the water before the house is listed if they do not account for the negative impact the road will have on their sale price.

"Location, Location Location" is the real estate mantra. If your home is located on a busy road, you cannot change it. But you can change the price. In order to sell, it is necessary to price your home significantly lower than all other homes on the market with similar features  to attract buyers.

This phenomena does not only affect properties on busy roads! There are other undesirable location situations that are very tough sells when the market is good but become next to impossible when there are many homes for the buyers to select from.  These unwanted locations include properties which are next to or near the following:

  • Cemeteries
  • Industrial Parks
  • Huge Power Lines/Transformers
  • Gas Pipelines
  • Landfills
  • Airports
  • Prisons
  • Flood plains
  • Train Tracks 
  • Shopping centers 
  • Gas Stations
  • Open Land either for sale or not that has undetermined development potential
  • Gun ranges 
  • Auto Salvage Yards and other disposal businesses

So how can you deal with the Busy Road Factor and get the house SOLD?

  1. Be Realistic. Don't ignore the elephant in the room. Set your price reflecting the undesirable location
  2. Best Foot Forward Make sure everything else regarding your home is a positive. All repairs done, stage the home and market its unique positive features. 
  3. Work with a Professional REALTOR® An experienced professional real estate agent can assist you in pricing your home correctly factoring in all adverse conditions.
  4. Be Ready to Negotiate. When buyers submit a purchase agreement for review, don't pass on a low offer. Counter and try to reach terms that are acceptable for both parties.
  5. Be Patient. In most cases, a property affected by the Busy Road Factor, will required twice the market time compared to the average home.

If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give me a call or visit my website for a FREE Relocation Packet or FREE Homebuyers Success Packet.  I specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.


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Copyright 2012 Teri Eckholm



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Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Michelle--Thanks for the reblog! I appreciate it! :)

Feb 29, 2012 11:24 AM #1
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Michele, excellent choice for a reblog. I missed it the first time around. Another factor on the Plus side can be a spectacular "view" or in some of our selling areas there is "intangible" emotional attachments  that add value.

Feb 29, 2012 06:50 PM #2
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Michelle - You make a great point about the value of using an agent that knows the market and the current listings within it.  We can save our buyer clients wasted time & effort by providing input on how well any given property meets their requirement/wish list.

Mar 02, 2012 10:28 AM #3
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