What is age all about?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

What is age all about?

In the time that I have been in real estate I have listed and sold many properties.  They have all been different styles and ages and price ranges.  The sellers have been in different age ranges.  And up until this week I have not listed a home that is owned by folks in their 80's.  Now most would think that the interior would be, well you know, dated.  The thought is that seniors are living in the past and can't get out of it.  They don't have any taste, all they like are things that are from the past forget about the now.  This is totally a perception and ill conceived and you will be seeing what I am talking about.  The lady of this home is in her 80's and lives with her husband and now enjoy their retirement and well they should.  I was called out to their home by their daughter to list their home.  I wasn't sure what I was getting into and I will say that I have been totally surprised.  Let me show you the park-like setting in the backyard.

 

Remember this is a home owned by an 80+ year old couple and the Mrs. takes care of the landscaping. 

My thought is that we should drop our preconceived notions that we are going into a particular listing until we get there.  I will have interior pictures in a post later this week.

It is not our physical age but our mental age that makes us old.  If we think that we are old we will act old and when we act old then what is left?

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Don Rogers is a licensed REALTOR® in Missouri.  I specialize in St. Charles County Missouri and have called O Fallon MO my home since 1993.  If you are looking to buy or sell or you are relocating to the area and would like information about the St Charles County MO area do not hesitate to give me a call at 314-954-6775 or if you would prefer to send me an email.

 

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Rainmaker
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
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Looks like they spend everyday taking care of the yard it looks great.

Jun 14, 2009 02:31 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

Don,

So true. Not that I'm up there or anything. I do still feel like I'm 15 sometimes. Just read my blogs. LMAO!!!

Jun 14, 2009 04:19 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

I guess I'll have to come back later. The slide show isn't working right now =(  And I really would like to see this!

Jun 14, 2009 04:40 PM #9
Rainer
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Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

Don - Great landscaping... Although it depends on the individual owner, I was surprised to hear this was a seniors home.  Also, I like you slide gizmo.

Jun 14, 2009 06:41 PM #10
Rainer
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Joanna Szwyd
StoneHouse Properties - Great Barrington, MA

Don, age is the feeling in your heart, not the number that we are supposed to fill out on medical forms and such. I have to say, you seller is quite an inspiration:))

Jun 14, 2009 10:42 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Terry,

It is just the Mrs. she does it all by herself!! 

Jun 14, 2009 10:50 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Greg,

I can just imagine how you were at 15 based on you blog your mom & dad had their hands full!  LOL

Jun 14, 2009 10:52 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Lisa,

I'm sorry to hear that it wasn't working.  I hope that you get a chance to come back and see it.

Jun 14, 2009 10:53 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Ryan,

Did the master call my widget a GIZMO?  You are right tho, it will take a person that is not afraid of the work, it might scare off some people but I hope not.

Jun 14, 2009 10:55 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Joanna,

You are so right they are a real inspiration.  Age is a feeling of the heart and head I know, My head tells me I can do something and the next thing I know is my body is telling me to slow down just a bit.  LOL

Jun 14, 2009 10:57 PM #16
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

looks like your clients have broken the mold when it comes to older folks. I got a call today from a lady that wants to list her house. She's 100 and that will be a first for me.

Jun 15, 2009 06:55 AM #17
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Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

Don - It shouldn't scare off anyone.  When we talk about buyers liking the "shiney penny", we are talking about that yard.  Great curb appeal - I love the outdoor living area...

Jun 15, 2009 09:09 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

JL,

I would think that listing a persons' home that is a 100 years old would be a first for many, many agents.  Good luck sir.

Jun 15, 2009 11:21 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Ryan,

I agree sir this home does have a wonderful curb appeal and the good part of it all is it is move in ready.

Jun 15, 2009 11:22 AM #20
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Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Good Morning Don.....What a nice event to walk into.  I'll bet you left there feeling quite invigorated as this is what I would call a positive experience.  I'm assuming you got the listing since you got the pics.  Nice job BTW.

Jun 16, 2009 12:03 AM #21
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

wow - the Mrs. must be in great physical shape as well as mental!  I can't imagine taking care of that landscaping - it's gorgeous. 

Jun 16, 2009 12:10 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good morning Gail,

This home has the best landscaping that I have ever seen, especially in this price range.  There are those that think that I am joking when I tell them how nice the home is.  I will be posting the listing later today.

Jun 16, 2009 01:43 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Hey, Hey, Heyyyyyyyyy Ms. Leesa,

The Mrs. is always doing something even when she isn't in the yard working.  And you are so right ma'am she is very alert and a sharp wit.  They are a great couple and a real pleasure.

Jun 16, 2009 01:46 AM #24
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George & Arlene Paukert
Road to Wealth, Inc. - West Palm Beach, FL

When I was listing homes of people that were retired, I loved it, they had the time to take care of the property and the house itself. I never had to worry about what the house was going to look like for a showing. 


People are living longer and longer today and they have a lot more energy than they used to. I think we need to look at people in a different light than we used to.

Jun 16, 2009 11:27 PM #25
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good morning George,

I can truthfully say that this is the case with this home all the way from the front yard thru the home to the backyard.

Jun 17, 2009 01:13 AM #26
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